Bill of Rights
By: Jordynne Deen US History 1
Bill of Rights
The Bill of Rights are the first ten amendments of the Constitution that protects the citizens of the United States.
First Amendment- Freedom of Speech, Religion, and Press.
The First Amendment of the Bill Of Rights gives all citizens the right to freedom of speech , practice of religion, and press . This prohibits the government of making a law that somehow infringe on these rights.
Second Amendment-Right to Bear Arms
The Second Amendment gives all citizens the freedom to arm weapons in order to protect themselves.Basically, you have the right to own a firearm without the restriction of the Supreme Court.
This bill protects people from quartering. Quartering is the act of soldiers having the power to force people to supply them with their home and supplies. However, with the Third Amendment this prohibits any soldier the ability to demand to live in your house or claim your personal belongings at anytime.
Fourth Amendment- Unreasonable searches and Seizures
The Fourth Amendment protects you form having authorities search your home without a search warrant. With a search warrant, they still must also have a reasonable explanation for the search.
Fifth Amendment-Double Jeopardy And Self Incrimination
The Fifth Amendment explains that all capital crimes ,or serious crimes, must be decided by a grand jury of 23 citizens to find the verdict to either charge or find the suspect not guilty.When convicted of a crime, you can only be charged once in trial. If you are charged more than once that is consider double jeopardy which violates the 5th bill.
Sixth Amendment-Quick Trial
When you are charged with a crime, you shouldn't have to wait a long period of time for a trial. The trial must be held in a public,then a jury will decide the verdict,or if your'e innocent or guilty.
Seventh Amendment- Right to a Jury Trial
If you have a civil case, a case involving argument over money or property, you have the right to have a jury to settle the case. The case usually has to be about a dispute over a large amount of money. You can only settle civil cases once.
Eighth Amendment-Preventing Cruel and Unreasonable Punishiment
When you have committed a crime, your punishment should fit the severeness of your crime. In other words, you should pay a reasonable bail or fine and not be punished in a cruel and unusual way.
Ninth Amendment-Rights Retained By People
The Ninth Amendment states that the government cannot by any means take away any rights from people whether on the Bill Rights or not. There is many more rights given to citizens that are not on the Bill of Rights but all of them protect the people without any restriction from the government.
Tenth Amendment- Limiting Federal Power
States have the power to do things as long as they're are not prohibited. This is put in to place in order to ensure that the government is not given too much controlling power.