Treason

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In the Bill of Rights, the Sixth Amendment gives United States citizens many rights, but one right given in the Sixth Amendment is the right to a speedy trial. A speedy trial means that the defendant has to be tried for the crimes the defendant was accused of doing in a reasonable amount of time after the defendant’s arrest. There are four circumstances when trying to find out if the case is following the speedy trial right: length of delay, the reason for the delay, the defendant’s affirmation of his right, and the prejudice to the defendant. The purpose of speedy trial is to set a certain limit on each case based on its complexity and seriousness.

The Sixth Amendment: The Right to a Speedy Trial In the Bill of Rights, the Sixth Amendment is “In all criminal prosecutions, the incriminated has the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district where the crime was committed in, which district shall have been previously confirmed by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the incrimination; 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. (Alschuler, Jury: Legal Aspects)” One right that this amendment gives every United States citizen, is the right to a speedy trial. This means that the defendant has to be tried for the stated crimes he was accused of doing within a reasonable amount of time after being arrested for the crimes. In most states, they have laws that set a time in which the trial has to take place after charges are filed. However when you are trying to determine if a case is breaking the speedy trial right, it comes down to these four circumstances: length of the delay, the reason for the delay, the defendant’s affirmation of his right, and prejudice to the defendant (Amar,…...

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