Sunday, October 3, 2010

6th Amendment Artwork

"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 where in 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."
- 6th Amendment of the United States Constitution

The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees a criminal defendant a right to an impartial jury of peers, have a speedy public trial, confront witnesses, be informed about pending charges, and be represented by counsel. However, the rights listed are not absolute, which can be a problem and a good thing, depending on the situation. he right to a jury trial isn't guaranteed in all cases, such as for a petty offense punishable by less than six months. Defendants may choose to represent themselves in court, but the court may deny this choice if they consider that the defendant is incompetent to waive the right to counsel. Lastly a counsel, is a public defender, someone hired by the government to represent someone who is unable to find their own lawyer. I find this to be a very important aspect because everyone cannot afford a Lawyer. 

Below I have posted a piece of artwork that represents this Amendment. It states "Public Defender, I AM a Real Lawyer!" I find this this to be true because as a Public Defender you are assigned cases, you don't choose them. Sometimes you have defend ridiculous cases, but you do so as a Public Defender.

Made by Public Defender Wear
Courtesy of CafePress

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