This part of the Fifth Amendment puzzles me:
…The Fifth Amendment also guarantees the individual the right to refrain from self-incrimination by “pleading the fifth” to any questions or inquiries that may give way to an additional punishment or the notion of a guilty plea.
Why did our forefathers decree that a person doesn’t have to tell the truth, under oath, even if it may bring additional punishment or a guilty plea? It’s basically saying no one has to tell the truth, right? Or am I reading it wrong. What’s the history? If you’re guilty, you’re guilty, aren’t you?
I’m not arguing with the Constitution…just curious…
What are your thoughts?