The right not to bear witness against one's self


Amendment V to the U.S. Constitution
"No person ... shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself ..."


Martha Down Under: Kangaroos in the Courtroom, by William L. Anderson and Candice E. Jackson, 15 Mar 2004
No Right to Remain Silent, by Sheldon Richman, 25 Jun 2004
Discusses the U.S. Supreme Court decision compelling people to identify themselves if requested to do so by police
"Kennedy and his four colleagues rejected the argument that giving one's name can be an act of self-incrimination. Obviously, if the person questioned is wanted for another crime, then being forced to identify himself does violate the right against self-incrimination. Kennedy dismissed this objection all too casually ... It's tempting and comforting to seek refuge in the notion that only bad people will want to withhold their names from the police. Maybe; maybe not."