Youth Justice in America, Second Edition engages students in an exciting, informed discussion of the U.S. juvenile justice system and fills a pressing need to make legal issues personally meaningful to young people. Written in a straightforward style, the book addresses tough, important issues that directly affect today’s youth, including the rights of accused juveniles, search and seizure, self-incrimination and confession, right to appeal, and the death penalty for juveniles. Focusing on cases that relate to the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, the subject matter comes alive through a wide variety of in-book learning aids.
Chapter 7: Fifth Amendment Privilege against Self-Incrimination
Fifth Amendment Privilege against Self-Incrimination
Imagine you broke your mother’s favorite glass bowl in the kitchen at home. You are about to clean it up but hear your parents arriving at the front door. Guilty and surprised, you run upstairs to join your four brothers and sisters. You do your best to blend in. Your parents enter the house and discover the broken glass. They yell for everyone to come downstairs. The children line up and your father asks, “Who did this?” Everyone is silent.
Your parents then ask each of you directly: “Did you do this?” When you are singled out, you are panicky and about to cry.
“Did you break the glass bowl?” your father asks.
What do you say?
You essentially have three choices.
- You ...