Bill of Rights
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When was the Bill of Rights ratified
December 15, 1791
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.
- - Freedom of Speech and of Press
- - Freedom of Assembly
- - Freedom of Religion
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.
- Right to own a weapon
No soldier in time of peace be quartered in any house without the consent of owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be described by law.
- Protection from government intrusion
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.
- Protection from unreasonable search and seizure
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 of 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 offence 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.
- - Right to a grand jury
- - Protection against double jeopary (protection from being charged after acquittal or conviction for same crime)
- - Right against self-incrimination (right to remain silent)
- - Right to due process (involvement of fair procedures)
- - Takings clause
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 wherin 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.
- - Right to a jury trial
- - Right to a speedy trial
- - Right to a public trial
- - Right to be informed of criminal charges
- - Right to assistance of counsel
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 re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
- - No excessive bail
- - Prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people
- - Unenumerated rights (not specific rights: right to travel, be private, health decisions)
- - Saftey net
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
- Separates the powers between federal and state governments
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