Browsing the blog archives for September, 2006

An Ungrateful Nation, Part 8: We Interrupt This Podcast

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Excessive bail shall not be required nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted. – United States Bill of Rights, Amendment VIII (Ratified December 15, 1791; repealed September 29, 2006.) (First of all, I must say that even though this isn’t really a podcast, I’ve been looking for a reason to use that […]

An Ungrateful Nation, Part 7: The $20 Trial

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In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law. – United States Bill of […]

An Ungrateful Nation, Part 6: Presumed Innocent

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In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be […]

An Ungrateful Nation, Part 5: Pleading the Fifth

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No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject […]

An Ungrateful Nation, Part 4: Franklin Goes Fourth

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The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. – […]