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The US Bill of Rights
Transcript of The US Bill of Rights
No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
Translation: The Third Amendment prevents the government from forcing citizens to shelter soldiers in their homes.
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
In 1788, 12 years after the war had ended, the US Constitution was drawn and ratified up by the Constitutional Convention.
The US Constitution
First Amendment Translation:
The First Amendment protects the rights of every American. It defines the freedoms of religion, speech, and press. Most Americans believe that the First Amendment guarantees their most important rights.
Translation: When you're 18, you can own a gun as your constitutional right.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
After the Revolutionary War...
The Constitution was made up of 7 different articles indicating specific governmental powers and rights of the citizens.
The first 10 amendments of the constitution, known as the Bill of Rights, protected the rights of the citizens.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Translation: It prohibits, or prevents, unnecessary or unreasonable searches of a person's property.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Translation: all Americans are guaranteed the right to a fair and legal trial. It also protects someone from testifying against him- or herself under oath.
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 defense.
Translation: A right to a speedy trial is guaranteed in the Sixth Amendment.
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Translation: guarantees the right to a trial by jury in civil, or private, legal cases where damages are more than $20. Civil cases solve disputes between citizens.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
Translation: Unreasonable bail or fines and cruel and unusual punishment are prohibited
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Translation: Americans have rights that are not listed in the Constitution.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
Translation: the powers not given to the United States government by the Constitution belong to the states or to the people.