IRS official not alone: Some well-known names who took the FifthLoading
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    IRS official not alone: Some well-known names who took the Fifth
    The baseball star, the Hollywood 10, Oliver North. And Lois Lerner, above, of the IRS. The official enmeshed in a probe of the tax agency is the latest on a roll call of witnesses brought before Congress who refused to answer lawmakers' questions. A few well-known names who invoked Fifth Amendment protections against self-incrimination:
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    Lobbyist Jack Abramoff invoked the Fifth Amendment at a 2004 hearing about his suspicious dealings and exploitation of Indian tribes with casinos. Senators' accusations of "greed run amok" blossomed into a giant bribery and influence-peddling scandal that led to more than 20 convictions of lobbyists, lawmakers, congressional aides and others. After serving a 3 1/ 2-year prison sentence, Abramoff declared that most of the senators who lobbed questions at him that day were hypocrites who had taken thousands of dollars from his clients and firms.
    Playwright and screenwriter Lillian Hellman in 1952 was among those blacklisted because they refused to name names before Sen. Joseph McCarthy's (McCarthy pictured) communist-hunting committee. "I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions," she told the House Committee on Un-American Activities in a letter. Other film industry figures who took the Fifth and were sentenced to jail for contempt of Congress became known as the "Hollywood 10." McCarthy branded those who refused to talk "Fifth Amendment communists."
IRS official not alone: Some well-known names who took the Fifth
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