The Sixth Amendment

An Illustrated History

  • “Counsel For His Defense” in History
  • Anglo-Saxon and Norman Courts
  • The King’s Peace and the King’s Courts
  • Tudor and Stuart Trials
  • Lilburne Pleads for a Lawyer
  • Habeas Corpus
  • Judicial Independence
  • The Defendant Gets Lilburne’s Lawyer
  • Prosecutors, Reasonable Doubt, and the Presumption of Innocence
  • Boston Massacre Trial
  • The Average Citizen’s Trial
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Right to Speedy Trial by Jury, Witness, Counsel

The Sixth Amendment guarantees the accused notice of the accusation, a court and witnesses for the defense. Something we take for granted today. But in writing the Sixth Amendment the drafters of the Bill of Rights were drawing on their knowledge of history and politics from ancient times, through the development of English common law, and its application in the British colonies. In this book you will find what that history was, who the actors in it were, and how our brilliant founders used that knowledge to underpin their work.

Illuminated with discursions into literature, religion, film, and popular culture here is a book for the interested citizen as well as the student of American politics and history.

68 pages
Illustrated in full color
ISBN: ISBN: 978-1-945682-06-3