Description of the amendment
The Sixth Amendment, or Amendment VI of the United States Constitution is the section of the Bill of Rights that guarantees a citizen a speedy trial, a fair jury, an attorney if the accused person wants one, and the chance to confront the witnesses who is accusing the defendant of a crime, meaning he or she can see who..
Real life Example
In Strunk vs. United States, 1973, the defendant claimed that he had been denied a speedy trial in a federal automobile theft case, even though he was already in a state prison on other state charges. The district court denied his motion.
The Appeals court agreed that he had been denied his right to a speedy trial, but said that the extreme nature of overturning the conviction was not warranted and sent the case back to the district court, instructing it to reduce the sentence by 259 days, the length of the delay.
On appeal to the Supreme Court, the Court made it clear that the only remedy for a right to speedy trial violation is to throw out the conviction. The right that is being protected is the defendant's right to not have a lengthy wait between arrest or indictment and the trial. If this right is violated, then the case must be thrown out.
How it affects me
This amendment affects me because if we didn't have this amendment we wouldn't have the right to speak in court or if we would not get a lawyer. We would have to speak for our selves and we wouldn't have anyone stand up for us. So, I'm glad that we have this amendment and that we have lawyers or else we would be talking for our selves and probably messing up in court so our lawyer will have evidence to speak for us. I also will have the power to talk against others who have accused me. I'll be able to have people on my side to fight along with me and my lawyer. So, this amendment makes me happy to have because we have the chances of not going to jail if we're accused.