I Take the Fifth and Sixth: The Revolution in Criminal Law
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This is a collection of some of the most significant cases concerning the Fifth and Sixth Amendment procedural safeguards and the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment which brought these protections of individual liberty to the states. It is in turn a study of the Supreme Court, only in as far as that these decisions became the final word in constitutional law; although the political importance of the Court will become plainly evident, this paper is not an attempt at indirectly relating the political history of the Supreme Court, nor at playing that popular guessing game called "Understanding the Supreme Court -- by Political Analysis of the Nine Men." It is a significant part of the greater revolution in civil rights which is sweeping the country, and it is a brief look at the present effects of these courtroom decisions in their relation to the outer courtroom -- the courtroom of issues, debates, controversies, and of a jury, a jury where any decision may become fact or fiction, the jury of the public as opposed to the Supreme Court which while speaking for the nation, speaks not through a jury but through its nine justices.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email email@example.com to request access to this SIP.