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  • The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights and protects against abuse of government authority. The Amendment requires that felonies be tried only upon indictment by a grand jury; the Grand Jury Clause is one of the few provisions of the Bill of Rights not held to have been incorporated to the states, most of which have replaced grand juries. The Amendment also provides several trial protections, including the right against self-incrimination as well as the right to be tried only once in federal court for the same offense. The Amendment also has a Due Process Clause as well as an implied equal protection requirement. Finally, the Amendment requires that the power of eminent domain be coupled with "just compensation" for those whose property is taken. Wikipedia

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