6th Amendment

By corbyn wilde

In the constitution 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.
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Historical background

They got the amendment, like the others similar to it, from England. They exercised it in some form in that country, but it was transferred over when the New England colonies were made and was changed into what it is now. There was an old English tradition called "Trial by Ordeal'. In this they would place the defendant in life threatening circumstances to see if they could survive.

How i precieve the amendment

How I see it as is, the right to a fair and speedy trial with legal aide. There would also be an unbiased, fair jury.
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Court case: Gideon V. Wainwright VS. Florida

Wainwright was accused of breaking into a pool room with the intent of murder. He did not have a trial because was too poor to afford an attorney for the trial so he was placed in jail. He was later give a trial because he argued his right to a fair trial.