2017 America's Legacy Book NEW

Sixth 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 defence. Seventh Amendment In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.


In criminal cases, the Fifth Amendment forbids double jeopardy and protects against self-incrimination. Also, “due process of law” is required to deny a citizen “life, liberty or property.”

FREEDOM FACT Six of the 26 rights in the U.S. Bill of Rights can be traced back to the English Bill of Rights , including the Eighth Amendment’s ban on excessive bail and fines, and cruel

Fifth Amendment

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb, nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.

and unusual punishment. The U.S. Bill of Rights also included the right to freedom of religion, press and assembly.

THOMAS J EFFERSON , PRES IDENT ( 1801 - 1809 ) ❝ A bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse.


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