The Sixth Amendment:
Today we are witnessing the abuse of the Sixth Amendment with the prisoners that are being held for the January 6th “Insurrection”. It is appalling the way our American Citizens are being treated as there are approximately forty prisoners as of date that are being held in a DC Jail. They are being held in inhumane conditions as well as being placed in solitary confinement for 22-23 hours a day. All without having any charges brought before them.
The Framers anticipated that these atrocities could happen in the future and when they wrote the Sixth Amendment, they were very leery of the way King George III’s used his judicial system to silence or destroy his opposition. They went to great lengths to make sure this would not happen again. Here are some of the following key points represented in the Sixth Amendment:
The right to a speedy trial - A speedy and public trial also had to allow both sides enough time to prepare their cases properly. The trials are made public so citizens can make sure the trial is fair.
To be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation - Under British rule, prisoners were often denied learning what their formal charges were, and therefore could not prepare a proper defense.
The ability to confront witnesses - The accused may cross-examine a witness to discover if the witness’s account is true or not. If no witness in his favor will come forward, the accused may use the subpoena system to compel witnesses to appear.
The right to counsel - The accused is guaranteed a lawyer to represent him whether he can afford one or not.
The Sixth Amendment reads as follows:
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.