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The Bill of Rights

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Nicholas Lau

on 23 September 2011

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Transcript of The Bill of Rights

Bill of
Rights Nicholas Lau
David Dootlittle
Amar Kaul
Aldan Halterman What is it? The Amendments 1st Amendment
Right to practice religion
Right to speak freely without censorship
Right to freedom to communicate & expression through media & published materials
Right to express, promote, pursue and defend common interests
Right to petition the government 2nd Amendment
Right to firearms for individual use, or collective right to bear arms in a militia, or both
Debate? 3rd Amendment
Guarantees that the army cannot force homeowners to give them room and board.
Reasons why…. 4th Amendment
Protects against unreasonable search and seizure
Requires search and arrest warrants be judicially authorized
No unreasonable searches can be made unless they have a warrant or a written statement 5th Amendment
Right for protection against abuse of government authority
Right to trial by jury and “due process of law”
Right to be guarded against double jeopardy and self-incrimination
Right to be paid fair compensation for any property taken by gov. 6th Amendment
Rights of the accused
Right to a speedy trial
Right to a public trial
Right to be informed of charges
Right to call witnesses to defense
Right to have and attorney in his defense 7th Amendment
Guarantees right to a jury trial as long as the amount of money in question exceeds $20
Only applies to federal courts
8th Amendment
Excessive bail: there's a set amount of money for bail that cannot be exceeded by government to take advantage of people applying for bail
Excessive fines: you cannot charge someone an extreme amount
Forbids some punishments entirely, and forbids some other punishments that are excessive when compared to the crime, or compared to the competence of the perpetrator
9th Amendment
Rights that are stated in the amendment shall not remove already in place rights that the people hold
10th Amendmemnt
Powers that are not given stated in the constitution to the main government are power that the states hold
Powers that are not prohibited are the peoples
Just a statement to appease state governments who were worried about federalist power
What rights are guaranteed by the first 10 Amendments? Why were the Bill of Rights immediately added to the Constitution?
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