The Bill of Rights

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Amendment 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 Assistance of Counsel for his defense. 

Amendment IX -  The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment I -  Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble; and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II -  A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment VIII -  Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, or cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

BILL OF RIGHTS

CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES

The Bill of Rights is the name given to the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution.  It was passed by the House of Representatives in 1789 and eventfully accepted by the Senate as Constitutional Amendments on December 15th, 1791, when Congress, about 75% of the States, ratified the legislation.


It was created to make certain that as the country grew and expanded, the below 10 individual rights would never be violated.

Amendment III -  No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

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Amendment V -  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 ser4vice 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.

Amendment IV -  The right of the people to be secure in their s, 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 described the place to be searched, as the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment X -  The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

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"Let me add that a bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, & what no just government should refuse, or rest on inferences." 


                                                                         Thomas Jefferson, 1787

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Amendment VII -  In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trail by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.