Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Taking the Fifth

There's more and more talk about Goodling, but I was glad to hear this comment from a fellow student.
One third-year student, Chamie Riley, said she rejected the idea that any government official who invokes her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination could be a good representative of Regent.
As Christians, she said, Regent students know "you should be morally upright. You should not be in a situation where you have to plead the Fifth."

I disagree somewhat. I think one should be able to plead the Fifth when planning an event of civil disobedience such as what happend during the Civil Rights Era, but those events were to show the immorality of a particular law rather than to hide what one was doing. And in this case the problem is avoiding responsibility for one's actions as a government official.

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