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Why was the fifth amendment created?

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06/14/2006

The 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution ''No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.'' It was created to protect the rights of individuals against tyrannical government, just as are all of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution (The Bill of Rights).