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City of Hays, Kansas v. Vogt
Brief of Amici Curiae National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American Civil Liberties Union in Support of Respondent.
Argument: The Fifth Amendment’s guarantee against self-incrimination applies at preliminary hearings. This principle is consistent with the Constitution’s text and with precedent. Limiting the Self-Incrimination Clause’s application to the criminal trial itself would severely prejudice defendants. The government’s policy concerns do not withstand scrutiny.