Fifth Amendment

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an amendment to the Constitution of the United States that imposes restrictions on the government's prosecution of persons accused of crimes

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The Grand Jury Clause of the Fifth Amendment also contains a
otherwise infamous crime" in the Grand Jury Clause fits the
318) The military, although not bound by the Fifth Amendment's Grand Jury Clause, has a pre-trial screening procedure, the Article 32 investigation.
417, 429 (1885) (finding that the Grand Jury Clause does not apply to misdemeanors).
The protection afforded the defendant by the Fifth Amendment's Grand Jury Clause is little more than the rule that once grand jurors vote to approve the indictment, its wording cannot be changed by the court.
93) If the Court had insisted upon strict application of the Bain rule, the result in Cotton would have been to invalidate under the Fifth Amendment Grand Jury Clause many lengthy sentences imposed for serious drug convictions.
1) This protective screening function was deemed so important by the Founding Fathers that it was enshrined in the Grand Jury Clause of the Fifth Amendment, which states that "[n]o person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury.
The Grand Jury Clause requires that for each defendant charged with a felony, the charge be contained in an indictment that was voted on and approved by a majority of properly convened grand jurors.