Bill of Rights (Sociology)

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  • The first 10 amendments of the U.S. Constitution, generally considered the most important and basic personal freedoms guaranteed to each person by the federal government. Added to the Constitution on December 15, 1791, they are also the main source of the standards for procedural law. Most notable to the criminal justice system are (a) the First Amendment right to freedom of speech, the press, and religion; (b) the Second Amendment right to bear arms; (c) the Fourth Amendment right against illegal searches and seizures; (d) the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, protection from double jeopardy, or being tried for the same crime twice; (e) the Sixth Amend ment right to a speedy and public trial, a trial by jury, and the right to counsel; and ...

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