Can you plead 5th amendment in civil law suit deposition?
The constitutional privilege against self-incrimination applies
to a civil proceeding. The U.S. Supreme Court stated the
"The privilege is not ordinarily dependent upon the nature of
the proceeding in which the testimony is sought or is to be used.
It applies alike to civil and criminal proceedings, wherever the
answer might tend to subject to criminal responsibility him who
See McCarthy v. Arndstein 266 U.S. 34, *40, 45 S.Ct. 16, 17