The Sixth Amendment Essay

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PA260: Criminal Law | The Sixth Amendment | Unit 8 Assignment | Deveny Seagraves 5/11/2013 | Deveny Seagraves PA260: Criminal Law Unit 8 Assignment May 11, 2013 The sixth Amendment sets up a strong foundation to what the court system has to offer to the defendant. It states that “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.” (Findlaw) Under this amendment there are seven rights granted those rights are as followed; The right to a speedy trial, The right to a public trial, The right to be judged by an impartial jury, The right to be notified of the nature and circumstances of the alleged crime, The right to confront witnesses who will testify against the accused, The right to find witnesses who will speak in favor of the accused, and The right to have a lawyer. There are two pacific cases that I located while searching about the 6th amendment that I found interesting. Those cases are Powell v. Alabama 287 U.S. 45 (1932), and Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963). The seven rights granted under the 6th amendment play a valid role in what our courts should offer to the defendant. First there is the right to a speedy trial; this guarantees “the right of a defendant to demand a trial within a short time since to be held in jail without trial is a violation of the "due process" provision of the 5th Amendment (applied to the states by the 14th Amendment).”(Definition of Speedy Trial) Next is the right to a public trial,

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