According to an article in the MetroWest Daily News, a Framingham woman reported to police that her drug dealer robbed her at knife point last week. The article specifically states that the woman had arranged to buy marijuana from her dealer, whom she identified as “Florida.” The woman stated that when she showed up to the buy location, Florida allegedly took out a black pocket knife and told her to give him her money. The woman then reportedly gave him $20. According to the woman, Florida began to walk away, but then turned and charged at her with the knife. She called the police to report the robbery as she was running away. The woman was unable to provide the police with Florida’s actual name.
Even if the police are able to identify and apprehend Florida, however, it seems unlikely that they will have much of a case against him. Specifically, the woman appears to have a Fifth Amendment privilege. The Fifth Amendment states that a person cannot be compelled to testify against herself if that testimony is potentially incriminating and/or could result in criminal prosecution. The woman, by her own admission, appears to have engaged in some sort of agreement to purchase drugs. Because the woman could potentially face criminal charges herself, she appears to have a Fifth Amendment privilege and could therefore refuse to testify. Continue reading →