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Amendment 6 - Speedy Trial, Jury, Confrontation of Witnesses

Summary

The Sixth Amendment protects a variety of rights that arise in a trial of someone accused of a crime. These include the right to a speedy and public trial; the right to a trial by jury; the right to be tried in the district where the crime at issue was committed; the right to be informed of the charges brought against you; the right to confront witnesses brought to testify against you; the right to issue subpoenas (judicial orders to appear to testify in court) to secure witnesses on your behalf; and the right to have a lawyer to assist you in defending yourself against a criminal charge.

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