Take the Fifth

Take the Fifth

Bishop Thomas Dupre, the former bishop of Springfield, Mass., has decided to invoke the Fifth Amendment in a civil suit alleging he sexually abused boys when he was a parish priest. Bishop Dupre, remember, abruptly resigned citing ill health just days before the case went public, and then reportedly showed up at the St. Luke’s Institute. What is they treat there again?

For those who don’t have a copy of the US Constitution handy, that’s the amendment that preserves us from having to testify against ourselves in case such testimony may be incriminating.

We are assured by Arthur D. Wolf, a law professor at Western New England Law School, that we shouldn’t read too much into the invocation of the Fifth Amendment.

“Sometimes when someone invokes the Fifth Amendment, people think it looks bad and assume guilt, but it may not be the case at all,” Wolf said. “It may be a situation where someone may have acted immorally but not illegally. They may be embarrassed about having it revealed.”

Oh, that makes me feel a lot better.

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli