The Sixth Amendment guarantees the accused notice of the accusation, a court and witnesses for the defense. Something we take for granted today. But in writing the Sixth Amendment the drafters of the Bill of Rights were drawing on their knowledge of history and politics from ancient times, through the development of English common law, and its application in the British colonies. In this book you will find what that history was, who the actors in it were, and how our brilliant Founders used that knowledge to underpin their work.
This lively account is written for the interested citizen, as well as the civics student. Along the way there are surprising, and interesting, discursions into how the events and personalities surrounding the Sixth Amendment have appeared in literature, film, sports and popular culture.
The book is part of a collection chronicling the origins, history, and interpretation, of the first ten Amendments to the Constitution – the Bill of Rights.
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About the Author
Robert McWhirter is an acknowledged authority on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights on which he has written and lectured widely both to academic and legal audiences as well as civic institutions. His earlier work was published by the American Bar Association. He appears regularly on Arizona Public Television’s Horizon program explaining the legality and history surrounding the challenges to, and interpretation of, the Constitution.
Robert also specializes in criminal law on which he has published widely. He presently practices as a criminal defense lawyer in Phoenix, Arizona.
Table of Contents
“Counsel For His Defense” in History; Anglo-Saxon and Norman Courts; The King’s Peace and the King’s Courts; Tudor and Stuart Trials; Lilburne Pleads for a Lawyer; Habeas Corpus; Judicial Independence; The Framers and the Rule of Law; The Defendant Gets Lilburne’s Lawyer; Treason Act of 1696; Prosecutors, Reasonable Doubt, and the Presumption of Innocence; Boston Massacre Trial; The Average Citizen’s Trial