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  • Correction to 5th Amendment Page and Submitting Corrections

    Hi Folks,

    I was hoping you could make a clarification on the following page:

    https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/fifth_amendment

    Specifically this section (under "Due Process Clause"):

    "The guarantee of due process for all citizens"

    While citizens are a subset of persons (making the statement technically accurate), I've been finding it necessary to correct people who are interpreting it as due process applying *only* to citizens. Both the text of the Constitution and "Plyler v. Doe" (457 U.S. 202) make it clear that "persons" are entitled to due process but some non-lawyers are just going to cut and paste that section on your website.

    Also, it would be nice if you could have an email address so people could submit corrections by that method instead of forcing us to register and then wait around several days if we want to submit corrections.

    Thanks,
    Donald D. deRosier


  • #2
    Hello Mr. deRosier,
    You are certainly correct about the language on the article about the Fifth Amendment. It's been fixed to remove the reference to "citizens." Ordinarily, we have law students work during the summer to review and improve the Wex articles with the most traffic, but this clarification wouldn't wait. Thank you for calling it to our attention.

    As for providing email addresses on the website, we've done that in the past. Unfortunately, the amount of spurious, unwanted, and otherwise counter-productive email caused us to experiment with using this forum as the primary means for the public to communicate with us. Our small staff spent too much time weeding out the junk and too little time actually responding to useful messages such as yours. We are, however, in the midst of re-designing the "About" section of our website (which is loooong overdue), and we are definitely revisiting the topic.

    Thank you again for your message.

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    • #3
      Hi Folks,

      You appear to have the "citizens"/"persons" issue on the following pages as well:

      https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitu...ifth_amendment

      https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/amendmentxiv

      Thanks,
      Donald D. deRosier

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      • #4
        Hi derosied. Thank you for your comments.

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