And to have the assistance of counsel for his defense

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

Meaning

This ties back to Miranda rights.

You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say or do can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to you.

Although Miranda rights refer specifically to police questioning, one is guaranteed the option of counsel throughout the entire legal process.

The defendant may also elect to represent his or her self in trial.

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