The right to a speedy and public trial

from United States Congress (Ft. James Madison & Thomas Jefferson) – The U.S. Constitution (Bill Of Rights) on Rap Genius

Meaning

Exactly what a speedy trial is, is up to the state to decide what amount of time is considered speedy. New York for example is 6 months while Pennsylvania is a year.

This section protects the defendant from delay between the presentation of the indictment or similar charging instrument and the beginning of trial.

Before America’s independence, Britain would indefinitely detain Colonists which lead to the formation of this Amendment in order to prevent that from occurring again.

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