Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sixth Amendment

Right to a fair trial
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.

What does this mean??
The sixth has eight parts to the amendment. 1. A right to a speedy trial 2. all trials must be public with the defendant aware of their charges 3. the witness for the prosecution be in pubic 4. Defendant can produce a witness 5. the defendant has the right  to secure counsel (if someone doesn't have money they will be provided with a public defendant) 6. The jury must consists of peers 7. The jury is to be unbiased 8. Speedy trails must take place within reasonable amount of time after indightment

Why this picture?
Since the sixth amendment states that everyone is in tilted to an attorney of law this cartoon is saying that you don't have to be your own attorney. Even if you don't have the money the state will provide you with counsel.

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