The Sixth Amendment – the Story of the Bill of Rights
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The Sixth Amendment – the Story of the Bill of Rights

August 27, 2019

The 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 defense. I’m most passionate about the Sixth Amendment. Well, the Sixth Amendment has a lot of protections of people when they go to a trial. You’ve got a right to a speedy trial. You’ve got a right to be prosecuted where you committed the crime, so that the jury will be brought from the area where you’ve chosen, if you allegedly committed a crime. You have a right to confront the witnesses against you. You get the assistance of counsel. You must have legal counsel. What is so amazing to me about the Sixth Amendment is that it is a document that is really designed to protect people against the awesome power of government, in that, in terms of prosecution, and moreover it’s designed to protect the people with the least amount of money.

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