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Long Overdue: Fifth Amendment Protection for Corporate Officers

Professor Tracey Maclin examines and challenges the collective entity rule, which is the Supreme Court’s long-standing view that an individual who works for a company is not protected by the Fifth Amendment when compelled to produce incriminating records that belong to the company. Maclin says the collective entity rule defies the text of the Fifth Amendment, the common law history of the privilege, and the Court’s Fifth Amendment precedents.