The 6th Amendment Dies

Without even a whimper. Without notice from the press. Now the military can detain you without due process, without a hearing or a lawyer, without trial or conviction. It’s the brave new world of 2012.

What I am about show you was written in plain language, easy to understand. It comes from a time when words meant things. This is what used to be the 6th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States:

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.

Update: As noted in the comments, it is the 6th Amendment that deals with trial by jury and the rights of the accused.


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