Created by alexis_taylor on Jan 13, 2011
Last updated: 01/20/11 at 04:18 PM
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The 10th amendment protects the right to the people that the government would not try to take over the state. Also, it protects the rights to all powers not given to the government, instead the power is given to the state or the people.
The 9th amendment stats that all the rights in the constitution are still protected by law.
The 8th amendment protects the right for bails, fines, and punishments. Which means they have to be fair and reasonable. The death punishment is part of this amendment. In 1972, the supreme court decided that the death penalty was unfair and cruel.
The 7th amendment protects the right to trial by jury. If the case has more than $20.00 there is a jury in the trial but, if there is less than that there is only a judge not a jury.
The 6th amendment protects the right of being accused.This includes; A trial that comes soon(not 2 years later), by a fair jury; the trial must be in the same city form where the crime was accused (because of different cultures and laws). Also, A person charged with the crime must be told the charges against them and they must be able to meet witnesses face-to-face. Finally, the person accused must be allowed to ask questions and are allowed to have a lawyer.
The 5th amendment protects the right to, "plead the 5th!" in court cases which means you don’t have to answer in court, and you can't be charged for the same crime twice. The 5th amendment protects Capitol Crimes. Capitol Crimes means that Before you even go to trial it has to be proven that there is enough evidence, that the grand jury decides. Also, the 5th amendment protects private property form being taken by the government with out getting a fair compensation. Finally, the 5th amendment also protects the right to Eminent Domain. Eminent Domain means that Private property can be used for development or for other public uses, but you must be given a fair compensation but, can only be used for public property.
The 4th amendment protects the right against unreasonable searches. If the police wanted to search or seize your items they would have to have a warrant from a judge, stating why they are searching and what they are searching for.
The 3rd amendment protects the right against the quartering act. Which means, soldiers can not go into your home and demand to take over your beds, food, and other supplies, except during a bad war when a new law is set.
The second amendment protecs the right to bear arms. That means that people can own guns to protect themselves and have it in their own homes but the gun has to be register with the state .You have to have a good reason to shoot some one because you could still go to jail.
The first Amendment protects the freedom of press, freedom of petition, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the right to assemble. Freedom of religion protects people to be able to follow any religion with out the government favoring one religion, and guarantees the separation between church and state.