Archive for August 16th, 2009

Ranking the Bill of Rights, Number 5: The 6th Amendment

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We have made it to the Top Five! I never thought we would see this day.* Nevertheless, we are here.

*This line is almost entirely for rhetorical flourish. I was fairly certain at the start of these rankings that we would reach number five.

The 6th Amendment reads: “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 where in 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.”
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