The Virginia Declaration of Rights
George Mason (December 11, 1725 – October 7, 1792) born in Virginia to George and Ann Thomas Mason. He was an American patriot, delegate from Virginia to the US. He is known as the Father of the United States Bill of Rights along with James Madison.
The Virginia Declaration of rights was a document printed to represent the rights of the people of Virginia. The document consists of 16 sections and was drafted by George Madison in June 12, 1776.
Section 1- 3-All men are equal and independent; nobody has the right to take away the right and happiness of the people. If the government by any chance wants to take the rights away from the people, the citizens have the right to reform, or abolish it.
Section 4- sets the equality of all citizens
Sections 5-6- these sections explain the branches of power the legislative and the executive powers of the state should be separated from the judiciary. Also when elections are to be made to choose a person to represent the people, the assembly ought to be free.
Section 7- that all power of suspending laws without the consent of the people is wrong.
Section8- if a man is convicted of a crime they have the right to protect themselves.
Section9-no cruel or unusual punishment
Section 10- an officer or a messenger must have a warrant to search suspected places
Section11- That in controversies respecting property, and in suits between man and man, the ancient trial by jury is preferable to any other, and ought to be held sacred.
Section 12- freedom of press
Section 13- a well regulated militia
Section 14- the people have the right to uniform government
Section 15- no free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice...