Skip to main content
CRM 500-999

778. Privilege Against Self-Incrimination

The privilege against self-incrimination contained in the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution is available in criminal contempt cases. See Bloom v. Illinois, 391 U.S. 194, 205 (1968); Gompers v. Bucks Stove and Range Co., 221 U.S. 418, 444 (1911). A corporation or partnership charged with criminal contempt, however, has no privilege against self-incrimination within the meaning of the Fifth Amendment. See Bellis v. United States, 417 U.S. 85 (1974); United States v. Kordel, 397 U.S. 1, 7 (1970).

[cited in JM 9-39.000]