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 Senate balked at the extensive changes, and the resulting compromise was placing Amendment 5 on the ballot.
Although some legislative leaders wrote op-ed pieces urging support for Amendment 5, newspaper editorial boards slammed the proposal.
"Amendment 5 would put further limits on the court's rulemaking power and give the state Senate a say in the appointment of high court justices.
That action was cited by lawmakers who were pushing for changes to the court in 2011 and as a reason for Amendment 5, and also was mentioned by opponents to the retention of the three Supreme Court justices on the ballot this year, Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente, and Peggy Quince.
And while the justices were easily winning retention and Amendment 5 was overwhelmingly rejected, Amendment 1 also was defeated, 48.5 percent "yes" to 51.5 percent "no."