The Right To Trial By Jury

BY: FELIX SANCHEZ

6TH AMENDMENT

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.


Leavitt, Amie Jane. Bill of Rights in Translation : What It Really Means. Mankato: Capstone, 2009. Ebook

COURT CASE OF THE 6TH AMENDMENT

Willie Mac Barker was arrested for murder in 1958. The reason for this delay included a witness's illness and the wait for a decision in his partner's trial for the same crime. barker was eventually found guilty once he stood trial. He asked for an appeal because he had not had a "speedy trial."


Shea, Therese. Sixth Amendment : The Rights of the Accused in Criminal Cases. New York: Rosen Central, 2011. Ebook.

BILL OF RIGHTS SCENARIO

Sara, an eighteen-year old college student, is arrested for stealing a classmate’s term paper and selling it on the Internet. When she appears before the judge, she asks for a lawyer to help defend her. The judge tells her if she is smart enough to be in college, she is smart enough to defend herself. Besides, she is not being charged with a felony, so the stakes are not very high. The judge is violating the sixth amendment of the Bill of Rights.