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Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Bill of Rights: Specific Amendments VI-X

A guide to sources that provide a history, analysis, debate, and case law associated with the Bill of Rights and its specific amendments.


This page provides listings of some of the books the Library has on specific amendments, click on the selected term under "Subject Headings" in each of the specific amendment boxes.

Sixth Amendment - Criminal Cases: Rights of the Accused

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 confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

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Seventh Amendment - Civil Cases: Trial by Jury

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 reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

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Eighth Amendment - Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

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Ninth Amendment - Unenumerated Rights

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

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Tenth Amendment - States' Rights, Reserved Power

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people

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Note: Also try typing the phrase states's rights into the catalog. This isn't a formal subject heading, but the library has numerous books on the topic.