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Kesha Ray
November 25, 2013
Constitutional Law
Judge Clariday
The Sixth Amendment

The Sixth Amendment is a part of the Bill of Rights which consist of the first ten amendments that gives citizens’ rights and privileges. “The Sixth Amendment was introduced as a part of the Bill of Rights into the United States Constitution on September 5, 1789 and was voted for by 9 out of 12 states on December 15, 1791” (Laws, 2013). James Madison implemented the Sixth Amendment into the Bill of Rights. The Sixth Amendment was created to protect the basic rights of the accused. In earlier years, kings and churches would abuse their power and accuse people of crimes that they did not commit to get the person to go away. The Sixth Amendment was founded by the founding fathers, who rebelled against the treatment that they received by the British in matters of crime and justice, so they felt that not only should the English citizens be protected by this right but all Americans should be protected and this is how the Sixth amendment became a part of the Bill of Rights. The Sixth Amendment protects criminals in all criminal prosecutions. The Sixth Amendment states “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” (Bill of Rights Institute, 2010). Each line of the sixth amendment has specific meaning and rights that the courts must go by in order not to violate a citizen’s right. The first line reads “the accused has the right to a speedy and public trial.” This simply means that a person cannon sit in jail for a period of 6 years and not have a trial. Although the amendment does...