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Bill of Rights

Explanations of the Bill of Rights

The government can't establish a national religion or prevent people from worshiping as they choose. Also guaranteed: the freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to peacefully assemble, and the right to petition the government. 1st Amendment
A well regulated militia is necessary to the security of the state. The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. 2nd Amendment
Members of the military cannot force you to let them stay in your home during peace time, or in war, unless prescribed by law. 3rd Amendment
Law enforcement must have a warrant, through probable cause, in order to search your property. This protects against unreasonable searches and seizures. 4th Amendment
Protects the right to due process, from being tried twice for the same crime, and prohibits self-incrimination (you may remain silent). 5th Amendment
Protects the right to a fair and speedy public trial by a jury of impartial peers, and the right to a lawyer. 6th Amendment
Calls for jury trials in civil cases where a minimum amount of money is at stake. Originally was $20 but now is generally $75,000. 7th Amendment
Prohibits excessive fines and excessive bail, as well as cruel and unusual punishment. 8th Amendment
Just because a right isn’t specified in the Constitution, doesn’t mean that you don’t have it. 9th Amendment
The federal government only has those powers that are given in the Constitution, by the people, giving the states the freedom to govern how they choose. 10th Amendment
Created by: Boone555