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The U.S. Constitution, 2nd Edition by Timothy Harper

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CHAPTER10

The Sixth and Seventh Amendments: Fair Trials

In This Chapter

  • A public and speedy trial
  • An impartial jury
  • Witnesses for and against
  • The right to counsel
  • Juries in civil trials

The Sixth Amendment guarantees criminal defendants the right to a fair trial. It ensures defendants are brought to trial soon after they are charged, their trials are held in public, they have a fair and impartial jury, they can confront the witnesses against them, and they can compel potentially helpful witnesses to appear and testify.

The Seventh Amendment extends many of the same rights to litigants in civil cases.

The Sixth Amendment: Juries in Criminal Trials

“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, ...

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