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Constitution Monday: Trial by Jury – FOR EVERYONE

Here is the Sixth Amendment in the Bill of Rights:

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 defence.

Read the above paragraph a few times over. Does it say anything about waiving jury trials based on class of crime? Does it allow for detaining someone for life without trial based on offense or his perceived likelihood to kill again? Is there anything in this paragraph that allows denying trials to non-citizens?

There isn’t. If you don’t like that, then it’s time to use Article V and repeal the Sixth Amendment. But realize that if you take away trials for them, you’re taking away trials for you. Or you could just go along with the current and past Administration’s disregard for this Amendment. But again, if Obama and Bush can decide when people should be held forever without trial, what’s stopping the current President from deciding that you need to be put away for life, despite lack of evidence?

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