Amendments V and VI

Document 18

Virginia Declaration of Rights, sec. 8

12 June 1776

8. That in all capital or criminal prosecutions a man hath a right to demand the cause and nature of his accusation, to be confronted with the accusers and witnesses, to call for evidence in his favour, and to a speedy trial by an impartial jury of his vicinage, without whose unanimous consent he cannot be found guilty, nor can he be compelled to give evidence against himself; that no man be deprived of his liberty except by the law of the land, or the judgment of his peers.

The Founders' Constitution
Volume 5, Amendments V and VI, Document 18
The University of Chicago Press

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