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NCJ Number: 50359 Find in a Library
Title: JUSTICE AND THE FIFTH AMENDMENT
Corporate Author: Southern Educational Communications Assoc
United States of America
Project Director: W STEIBEL
Date Published: 1974
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: Southern Educational Communications Assoc
Columbia, SC 29250
Sale Source: Southern Educational Communications Assoc
928 Woodrow Street
P.O. Box 5966
Columbia, SC 29250
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE TRANSCRIPT OF A TELEVISION PROGRAM, FIRING LINE, IN WHICH WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY, JR., ATTORNEY EDWARD BENNETT WILLIAMS, AND OTHERS DISCUSS THE FIFTH AMENDMENT AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, IS PRESENTED.
Abstract: OTHER PANELISTS INCLUDED AN ATTORNEY AND TWO JOURNALISTS. MR. BUCKLEY CRITICIZED THE PROTECTIONS OFFERED BY THE FIFTH AMENDMENT AGAINST SELF-INCRIMINATION SUGGESTING THAT THE AMENDMENT MIGHT BE APPLIED TO PREVENT A STATE FROM REQUIRING A DRIVER TO REPORT A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT AND IS BEING USED IN LEGISLATIVE HEARINGS, IN NONCRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS, AND TO PROTECT PEOPLE OTHER THAN THE PERSON BEING QUESTIONED. MR. WILLIAMS RESPONDED THAT ABUSES OF THE AMENDMENT SHOULD BE ELIMINATED BUT THAT THE AMENDMENT SHOULD STAND REGARDLESS OF SOME FLAWS. HE STATED THAT THE MAIN PROBLEMS WITH THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM ARE THE FAILURE TO APPREHEND CRIMINALS AND THE DELAYS RESULTING FROM USE OF GRAND JURIES FOR PROPERTY CRIMES. OTHER TOPICS DISCUSSED INCLUDE THE ADVERSARY PROCESS, USE IMMUNITY, TESTIMONY, CRIMINAL DISCOVERY, THE QUALITY OF U.S. JUDGES, THE WARREN COURT, PUNISHMENTS, THE FOURTH AMENDMENT, AND JUDGES' TENURE. (CFW)
Index Term(s): Criminal proceedings; Critiques; Judges; Right against self incrimination; Television communications; Testimony
Note: TRANSCRIPT OF THE FIRING LINE PROGRAM, TELECAST ON PBS ON JUNE 9, 1974. PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS INCLUDED WILLIAM F BUCKLEY, JR, EDWARD BENNETT WILLIAMS, BOB KUTTNER, JOSEPH ONEK AND SUZANNAH LESSARD.
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