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Importance Of The Sixth Amendment

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The founding fathers decided it would be beneficial to create the sixth amendment in 1789 in attempt to codify fairness. When thinking about what the word fair means, one should think of a “marked by impartiality and honest: free from self-interest, prejudice, or favoritism” (Fair). Overall, the sixth amendment was created to “guarantee the right to criminal defendants, including the right to a public trial without unnecessary delay, the right to know who your accusers are and the nature of the charges and evidence against you” (Sixth Amendment). This means every individual who is being charged of a crime, is required to have a speedy and public trial, an impartial jury, notice of accusation, confrontation, and counsel. Since all…show more content…
After seeing the judicial system fail for so long, our founding fathers believed the judicial system should change. This lead our founding father to create the sixth amendment, were “judges developed rules of evidence and produces and gave the lawyers a say in selecting and instructing juries, so trials grew longer and more complex” (). The founding fathers created the six amendment that includes six human rights. The first right is considered to be a speedy trial. A speedy trial is an individual’s trial that holds little or no delay. An individual who is arrested must be brought to trial for his or her alleged crimes within a reasonable time. If an individual’s criminal case fails to begin a trial in a timely manner, the case may be dismissed. Depending on the jurisdiction, a prosecution has sixty to one-hundred-and-twenty days to bring an imprisoned defendant to trial. An individual may waive their rights to a speedy trial. “Our words were read aloud by attorney Volkova because the courts would not then let us speak. This was our first opportunity to speak after five months in captivity” (Tolokonnikova, 2012). A member of the Pussy Riot named Nadezhda Tolokonnikova was held in prison for five months unable to defend herself by telling her side of the story until her trial. She was held in jail for what the courts called “hooliganism”, because Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and two
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