speech or debate clause


speech or debate clause
speech or de·bate clause n often cap S&D&C: a clause in Article I of the U.S. Constitution granting members of Congress a privilege from arrest and legislative immunity for any speech or debate made in either of the houses – called also speech and debate clause;

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

speech or debate clause
n.
A clause in the Constitution that provides congresspeople with immunity from prosecution arising out of any speech or debate conducted during a legislative session, to ensure that legislators may speak freely without fear of reprisal.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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