Amendment 6

Kelly Camero Block 1 12/10/14

The Right To a Trial By Jury

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy & public trial, by an impartial jury of the state & district wherein the crime shall have been committed , which district shall have ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature & 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.

Court Case (Williams vs. Florida)

The supreme court again considered the issue of jury size , Williams vs.Florida agreed that common laws requires jury of twelve . The court went on to state that there is absolutely no indication in ' the intent of the framers' of an explicit decision to equate the constitutional & common law characteristics of the jury. The court using mostly its own insticts , intuited that the change in community representation between juries of 6 & 12 seems likely to be negligible.

Scenario

Say your a white man & are accused of a crime , but the judge is a non-white or vice vercsa. Say the judge dosen't allow you to have a trial by jury because of your race . The 6th amendment states that you are to have a trial by jury no matter the crime committed , race, religion . the bill of rights allows anyone & everyone to have a trial by jury , the trial is to be fair & you are allowed your representatives to prove your innocence

citations

Winters, Robert. The Right to a Trial by Jury. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven, 2005. Print.