Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | June 25, 2014

Question of the Week #27 – 2014

Question of the Week #27 – 2014

What is the Sixth Amendment of the US Constitution?

My two cents (but please share yours):

In today’s bureaucratic environment, I wonder how often the right to a speedy trial is being violated.

“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 the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.”



  1. Until we figure out how to rid our nation of the plethora of attorney currently overrunning the system, I doubt this amendment will be observed. We arrest a criminal and then frequently wait for one to three years while his attorneys screw around before we bring him to trial. Then, if it’s a death penalty or life without parole penalty, they will appeal all the way to the Supreme Court – often several times – before the ultimate penalty is imposed.

    I sorta liked the Old West days when they arrested the guy, held his trial the next morning and hung him later that day.

    • Hi David, The Old West had its moments, didn’t it? 🙂 I’m a firm believer in cycles, and the US Constitution will come back into fashion. Being patient is the hard part. Cheers, Ashley

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