What does the Bill of Rights mean by this?

that the accused has the right to be informed of the charges against him or her?

2 Answers

  • Veto R
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
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    A number of nations, past and present, would arrest someone and not tell them the charges. Many of these nations could even bring the person to court and hold a trial without ever telling them of the charges or the evidence against them. It is impossible to defend against charges, evidence and witnesses that are secret before trial.

    The Sixth Amendment basically guarantees the accused the right to a fair trial by forcing the state to tell the accused the charges against him, the evidence gathered against him, by detailing the witnesses against him, by allowing the accused to use state power to compel witnesses who can testify in his favor and to have a lawyer appointed for him. The state has to play fair before they can put you away.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    That means that a person can not just be tossed in jail without knowing why he is there. I believe that is part of habeas corpus.

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