Monday, March 6, 2017

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 defence.
The Sixth Amendment again deals with the justice system and protections for the accused within our court system.  The government’s failure to protect this is one of the most cited reasons for appeal and potential overturn of a conviction, but as we see in the generalization of terms there is vast room for interpretation on what constitutes “speedy,” “public,” and “impartial.”
This link provides a good summary of the changes in our criminal system since the founders added the Sixth Amendment.

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