The Supreme Court: Extending The Fifth

THE SUPREME COURT

Many a local, state and federal employee is faced with dismissal if he refuses to testify in an investigation that concerns the performance of his job. But what of the Fifth Amendment guarantee against involuntary selfincrimination? Would it not be violated if the testimony were used in a criminal prosecution against the employee? Last week the Supreme Court said yes.

Five New Jersey policemen had been convicted of fixing traffic tickets, partly on the basis of their own testimony. But, said the court, their statements "were infected by the coercion inherent"...

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