Sixth Amendment

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Published on October 25, 2011 at 8:57 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. The 6th Amendment contains 7 specific protections for people accused of crimes:

    1. The right to a speedy trial
    2. The right to a public trial
    3. The right to be judged by an impartial jury
    4. The right to be notified of the nature and circumstances of the alleged crime
    5. The right to confront witnesses who will testify against the accused
    6. The right to find witnesses who will speak in favor of the accused
    7. The right to have a lawyer

    1. The Speedy trial Clause:
    Right to speedy trials gives you the guarantee of being tried quickly. It’s important for citizens because without this right citizens would be facing lengthy time periods in jail prior to being tried.

    2. Public trial Clause:
    being tried in public citizens would be protected from secret trial in the judge or other officials could file false charges against you, not allow you to defend yourself or throw you in prison with no evidence.

    3. The Right to Trial by Jury Clause:
    The Right to Trial by Jury Clause protects you from persecution by corrupt judges, who might sentence you unfairly if trials were held in secret.

    4. Arraignment Clause:
    The Arraignment Clause requires that if you are ever charged with a crime, you must be fully informed of the nature and cause of the accusation against you. This was a very important right to the Founding Fathers, most of whose ancestors had fled to America to avoid religious persecution. In England, it was common for people who did not agree with the Church of England to be pulled into court and sentenced and never even know what the charges were. Without this protection, courts could throw people in prison unjustly, make up false charges or punish people with whom they disagreed

    5. The Conformation Clause:
    This clause requires that your accusers must appear in your presence and make the accusations face to face. The prosecution could make up all kinds of false accusations against you and the jury would never know whether or not he was telling the truth.

    6. The Compulsory Process Clause:
    You will be able to call witnesses in your behalf if you are ever charged with a crime.

    7. The Right to Counsel Clause:
    The Right to Counsel Clause guarantees that you can have a lawyer to assist you if you are charged with a crime. This clause gives you the right to have a court appointed attorney, paid for at the public’s expense, if you cannot afford to hire your own.

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