Bill of Rights: Article VI

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.

I would call Article VI of the Bill of Rights a no nonsense amendment. Little if anything is left for interpretation but implementation does not always receive commendations. The wealthy can take full advantage of Article VI while the disadvantaged must sometimes be satisfied with table scraps. Then again, disparity in wealth is a factor in all of life’s events. Rich or poor, Article VI gives everyone a shot at a fair trial. Rich or poor , everyone accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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