You will notice that amendments 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 are related in
some capacity to the treatment of those suspected or charged with a
crime. This reflects the importance of citizens’ rights to the
founders of this country. Realizing that there were occasions when a
citizen’s rights might be suspended if accused of a crime, through
these amendments the founders wanted to give specific details for how
this would be handled. They were concerned with preserving as much of
a citizen’s rights as possible.
Please select one of these amendments and discuss its relevance
to the operation of the American criminal justice system. Present
how it might be a means to helping preserve a defendant’s rights. You
may select another amendment if you like as long as you can show its
relevance to the criminal justice system. Your essay should be a minimum of three
You may bring in outside references (for example, information from the library’s databases or government statistics) to supplement your discussion. Please send your response to me by Sunday, July 19, 2020.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
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 offense 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.
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.
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.
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