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Dateline: Origin and Meaning of the Fifth Amendment - 2002-02-27

Numerous federal government agencies and congressional committees are actively investigating the demise of the bankrupt energy trading company Enron. While some former executives have agreed to testify, others have invoked what is known as their Fifth Amendment right to remain silent.

In this edition of Dateline, Carol Castiel examines the significance of the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution and why it is so unique to the American political system.