Defendants in criminal cases are entitled to public trials that follow relatively soon after initiation of the charges. Witnesses must be brought to the trial to testify before the defendant, judge, and jury.
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The Fifth Amendment includes important personal rights such as the rights of due process under the law; the grand jury process; and protection from self-incrimination and double jeopardy.
This virtually obsolete provision was in response to anger over the British military practice of quartering soldiers in colonists’ homes.
Whether this provision protects the individual’s right to own firearms or deals only with the collective right of the people to arm and maintain a militia was long debated until the Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that the amendment protected individuals’ right to possess firearms unconnected to any service in a militia.
The first amendment protects religious freedom, free speech, a free press, and the freedom of assembly and petition.