The First Amendment Right of Freedom of the Press

First Amendment

Constitution Ratification Led to Implementing Freedoms When the delegates to the Constitutional Convention completed the US Constitution, they faced the difficult job of getting it ratified. Many state leaders were concerned that the Constitution did not include adequate freedoms. Without a guarantee of these freedoms, key leaders in the states threatened to work against ratifying […]

Free Speech and the First Amendment

First Amendment

An Overview The principle of free speech and freedom of the press is sacrosanct to most Americans. The first amendment to the US constitution is, arguably, the most discussed legal topic of all time. Yet, many questions have been raised, especially in recent times, as to whether the first amendment is actually working for the […]

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution Explained

First Amendment

Introduction The Constitution of the United States of America is a written document that took effect in 1789. It sets out the principles by which the new nation was to be governed. The founding fathers were keen to preserve the principle of individual freedom with the First Amendment, and so they enshrined in law certain […]

The 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution Explained

2nd Amendment

Introduction The Second Amendment to the Constitution is a single sentence with profound implications. It reads: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” As part of the Bill of Rights, this amendment safeguards US citizens’ right […]

The 3rd Amendment to the United States Constitution Explained

3rd Amendment

Introduction The Declaration of American Independence is a much-admired document, praised for its simplicity, the sentiments expressed therein, and the eloquent language. It is at the heart of the United States Constitution, which was drawn up to establish a legal basis for the new country’s governance. It has to be remembered, though, that the Constitution […]

The 5th Amendment to the United States Constitution Explained

The 5th Amendment

The Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights and has to do with criminal proceedings. Its provisions include: allowing people to be indicted by a grand jury before going to trial, protection against being made to answer more than once for the same crime, allowing people to keep from […]

The 6th Amendment to the United States Constitution Explained

Introduction The 6th Amendment concerns the rights of anyone accused of a criminal offence. It states that any accused person has the right to a lawyer to act on their behalf, has the right to an early trial and that the trial should be held in public. It also states that the jury should be […]

The 7th Amendment to the United States Constitution Explained

Introduction The 7th Amendment to the Constitution of the USA supports and enhances the provisions of the 6th Amendment. In the 6th Amendment, the right of an accused person to a jury trial is guaranteed. In the 7th Amendment, this right is fine-tuned to establish clarity in civil cases. The 7th Amendment reads: “In Suits […]

The 8th Amendment to the United States Constitution Explained

8th amendment

What The 8th Amendment States. According to the 8th Amendment of the US Constitution, fines should not be imposed in excess, and neither shall excess bail be needed. It also goes against any punishment that is brutal and barbaric. The amendment is there to protect criminal defendants from getting cruel punishments from the federal government. […]