"No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise
infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury...
nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice
put in jeopardy of life or limb, nor shall be compelled in any Criminal
Case to be a witness against himself, not be deprived of life, liberty,
or property, without due process of law, nor shall private property
be taken for public use, without just compensation."
Bill of Rights, Fifth Amendment, 1791
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Reader comments about this quote:
Too bad that those in power feel that "some are more equal than others"...
 -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
    Hmmm...."Nor be deprived of liberty or property without due process of law and just compensation"? In what country,if any,does this statement apply? I think I would like to move there.
     -- KS., Somewhere,USA.     
     -- Anonymous      
    The looting of every asset belonging to the American People is being brought about from ABOVE our political process, which accounts for our frustration in attempting to stop it.
     -- Rodney, Dallas area     
    I think a murder should be able to be tried as many times as need
     -- Andrew, Mt Arity     
    Whew! Well, now that most of that's been done away with, we can, at long last, get on with our new plutocracy. It won't be long Andrew.
     -- Terry Berg, Occidental, CA     
    I've given here, in ths blog, personal experience that grand juries and double jeopardy aren't adhered to or worried about anymore; and, as to life, liberty and property, Constitutionally intended due process doesn't even ring a bell anymore. Is anybody out there glad the living constitution has grown beyond its written limitations and original intent? Not me!
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Unfortunately due process of law is in the hands of King George and his cohorts, the Supreme Court. KS when you find it let me know - there's a little place called Vilcabumba which looks interesting. Plutocracy already exists in America and will implode as the gap widens between the "haves" and "have-nots’". After Polio that should be Rotary's next mission.
     -- Robert, Sarasota     
    The "American Police State" is on the rise. The new Nazi's come wrapped in an American flag. America is stripped of its rights, its economy and its pride....sad.
     -- J.Hester, Calgary     
    Ginsburg and Breyer obviously do not consider this part of the constitution to be of any valid concern. It’s doubtful that they consider any of the constitution to be of concern for that matter. We apparently need to follow French law instead. It is time we start warming up to the fact that congress has the right to impeach the incompetent from the court.
     -- Warren Giese, Olathe     
    When enough people stand together to defend the Constitution it will be observed. Right now the lawyers run the show and have basically replaced American Common Law with British Admiralty/Maritime Law. It is high time we got rid of these private monopolies that have seized control of American government: American Bar Association, Federal Reserve, the Council on Foreign Relations, and a host of military contractors. When Americans learn how these organizations have usurped the lawful government, there very well likely will be a revolution tomorrow. Of course, the real battle is where it has always been -- the hearts and minds of Americans.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Perhaps the system will find its flaws as we have and put on some cover up, thus it won't be as noticeable. But, with flaws such as O.J. Simpson and many others, I don't think there is enough cover up in the world.
     -- Mary Webster, Eureka, CA     
    Maybe we did not read this right. Since Earl Warren the Supreme Court reads it far differently.
     -- Cal, Lewisville, TX     
    When one looks around America today and observes the wisdom or lack thereof of the American people, one can only conclude that ignorance has consequences. There is an awakening taking place in america but is it too little to late?

    The corruption at the top is so great I believe any restoration will have to come from the bottom up.
     -- Mike, Pleasant Hill     
    The poor do receive understanding as a consolation in times of oppression. So I am told. Things do wake up as also when a tree's fruit ripens it casts forth its fruit. As does the oak when it casts forth its leaves, the holy seed shall be the substance thereof. I speak of spiritual tokens of understanding revealed to the eye gate in due season. The administrational change comes in the fullness of time, action reaction. Four carpenters do come, to fray them, to cast them out.
     -- watchman 13, USA     
    watchman, what on earth are you talking about. You need some help.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    So how can a George Zimmerman be sued in 'civil' court after being exonerated of all charges against him? How can the family of an armed intruder shot dead in the act then sue the shooter for civil damages? Happens all the time. I don't get it -- how many legal jurisdictions are there in this country?
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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