Amendments 6 and 10



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.

Amendmet six summary

A country or state cannot make the person sit in jail for a very long time, for example 5 years, while they for their trial. This would be very unfair to anyone who is not guilty. The person who is accused also has the right to receive a public trial. The state cannot lock the person away and ask questions about the crime. This process must be seen by the public so that it is more fair to the accused person. The jurors cannot be prejudiced against the accused individual or the specific crime that the individual has been accused of or it would be unfair to the accused. The trial also must be held in an area where the crime took place or else it is unfair to the accused.The accused person has the right to find out what he or she is being charged with exactly and why he or she is being held in jail. The accused person also has the right to learn who is claiming that he or she committed the crime, along with the right to ask questions.The accused person has the right to make anyone attend their trial if they believe that person can help with the case. The court can also force a person to come to a court by using a (summons) which means the person will not have choice, and will have to go to the trial. The accused person also has the right to hire an attorney. If he or she cannot afford an attorney, the court can provide one.

6th Amendment (pt.1) - Michael Badnarik Bill of Rights Class


The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.


This amendment means that anything the Constitution does not mention can be considered by states as part of their powers if they wish to do so. The 10th amendment was put in to appease those who believed so strongly in states' rights. It was a way to pacify the Anti-federalists.

What it says, in effect, is that the states have every power not specifically given to the federal government in the Constitution. Examples include education, health care, marriage, divorce. Every child has been affected by one of those elements. If they don't like how schools function, the fact that they don't have good health care, and/or the ease (or difficulty) of marriage and divorce, THEY as state citizens have more power to change it than they do to change any federal law.

10th Amendment - Michael Badnarik Bill of Rights Class