Sixth Amendment

By: Tien Doan

Bill of Rights

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 of his defense.

Court Case

Ernesto Miranda was accused of attacking a young woman. When Police questioned he confessed to the crime. Miranda's defense lawyer argued, that his confession was not admissible as evidence because Miranda had not known about his rights. The supreme court ruled that his confession couldn't be used as evidence against himself since Miranda had not been told his rights. Miranda was found guilty. However, police now are required to recite the Miranda warning.

Bill of rights Scenario

In 2014, Marilyn was accused of poisoning Jame's drink. When the detective search for evidence and there was finger prints on the glass. They took it to the lab and the results were James and Marilyn's finger print on the glass. The police questioned her and she confessed she was framed. Her defense lawyer argued that her confession was not admissible as the evidence. The supreme court ruled that the confession could not be used as evidence Marilyn had not been told her rights. After that, the police found a footage of a video surveillance of someone else who poisoned the drink. The court founded her not guilty.