The Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees criminal defendants:
- The right to a public trial without unnecessary delay.
- The right to an attorney, the right to an impartial jury.
- The right to know one’s accusers.
- The nature of the charges or evidence against them.
Analyze the following U.S. Supreme Court cases:
Write a 4–6 page paper in which you:
- Explain the fundamental protections available to a defendant under the Sixth Amendment related to the concepts of a speedy trial, an impartial jury, the role of the jury, and the right to face one’s accusers.
- Prepare a one-page case brief of Ballew v. Georgia.
- Prepare a one-page case brief of Burch v. Louisiana.
- Analyze the reasoning behind the U.S. Supreme Court’s holding in Ballew v. Georgia and Burch v. Louisiana that a conviction by a unanimous five-person jury in a trial for a non-petty offense deprives an accused of the right to trial by jury.
- Support your writing with at least three credible, relevant, and appropriate academic sources.
- Write in an articulate and well-organized manner that is grammatically correct and free of spelling, typographical, formatting, and/or punctuation errors.
- Evaluate the role of the Sixth Amendment in U.S. trials.