The Sixth Amendment in U.S. Trials

 The Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees criminal defendants:

  • The right to a public trial without unnecessary delay.
  • The right to an attorney, the right to an impartial jury.
  • The right to know ones accusers.
  • The nature of the charges or evidence against them.

Preparation

Analyze the following U.S. Supreme Court cases:

Instructions

Write a 46 page paper in which you:

  • Explain the fundamental protections available to a defendant under the Sixth Amendment related to the concepts of a speedy trial, an impartial jury, the role of the jury, and the right to face ones accusers.
  • Prepare a one-page case brief of Ballew v. Georgia.
  • Prepare a one-page case brief of Burch v. Louisiana.
  • Analyze the reasoning behind the U.S. Supreme Courts holding in Ballew v. Georgia and Burch v. Louisiana that a conviction by a unanimous five-person jury in a trial for a non-petty offense deprives an accused of the right to trial by jury.
  • Support your writing with at least three credible, relevant, and appropriate academic sources.
  • Write in an articulate and well-organized manner that is grammatically correct and free of spelling, typographical, formatting, and/or punctuation errors.
  • Evaluate the role of the Sixth Amendment in U.S. trials.

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