What's The Point Of The Sixth Amendment?
Hello Fellow Americans,
Today we’ll be continuing our in-depth series at a look into the constitution—primarily covering the Sixth Amendment. We’ll be giving a little background history as well as the purpose it holds today.
So, without further ado, let’s get started…
The Sixth Amendment states…
"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."
This amendment is primarily in place to provide rights to people who have been accused of a crime.
This gives people the right to a speedy trial, meaning the government can’t hold someone in jail while purposely delaying the trial.
This portion of the amendment makes trials available to the public to ensure the government is not having any secret trials.
This gives the criminal being accused of a crime a right to have a third-party jury of their peers. This gives an unbiased outlook on the case at and makes for a better-informed decision.
Notice Of Accusation
This basically provides the person with an in-depth analysis of the crime they are being charged with. This is because individuals would be locked in the colonies without ever knowing what crime they committed.
This is to provide the fairest trial physically possible, thus stating the person who witnessed the crime MUST testify in court.
Assistance of Counsel
The final part of the amendment guarantees a fair representation throughout trial, meaning the defendant will get a lawyer provided by the state if they can not maintain one themselves.
Let us know if you have any additional questions on this amendment and we’ll be happy to answer them in the comments.
See You Later Patriot!!!