When Otto opened his German delicatessen store one morning, he found his weinersnitchels in a state of frenzy.

It seemed that during the wee hours of the morning, a hungry burglar entered into Otto's deli and, while riffling through the cash register, chomped down several of Otto's wary hot dogs and took a bite out of one of the most expensive cheeses.

The next day, Detective Hogan picked up Frankie, who he suspected had robbed Otto's deli, and hustled him over to the restaurant. He graciously offered Frankie a cup of coffee and a piece of cheese to eat.

As soon as Frankie had taken a bite out of the cheese, Detective Hogan cleverly, but ungracefully, grabbed the cheese out of Frankie's hands. He then sent it to the police lab to see if the imprint left by Frankie's teeth in the cheese was the same as those left by the culprit the night before in Otto's cheese.

They did!

The result?

Frankie was arrested and charged.

"There was nothing cheesy about the charge," Detective Hogan assured. "The imprint left by Frankie and the burglar were the same. They matched like a pair of socks."

"The Fifth Amendment of the Constitution prohibits a person from testifying against himself," insisted Frankie in his defense. "And, using imprints of my teeth against me was the same as making me testify against myself."

IF YOU WERE THE JUDGE ...

Would you dismiss the burglary charges against Frankie because using the imprints of his teeth was tantamount to making him testify against himself?

THIS IS HOW THE JUDGE RULED ...

NO!

The judge ruled Frankie's biting the cheese was basically no different than taking an individual's finger or footprints, which violate no constitutional right of an individual.

Based on a 1954 Texas Court of Criminal Appeals decision.

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