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Can you plead 5th amendment in civil law suit deposition?

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2007-11-30 19:34:46

The constitutional privilege against self-incrimination applies

to a civil proceeding. The U.S. Supreme Court stated the

following:

"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

gives it."

See McCarthy v. Arndstein 266 U.S. 34, *40, 45 S.Ct. 16, 17

(U.S. 1924).


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