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Declaration of Independence

The Bill of Rights

The Constitution of The State of Texas

 

The Bill of Rights

THE BILL OF RIGHTS
The Amendments to the Constitution

Ratified 1791

        ARTICLES IN ADDITION TO,  AND AMENDMENT OF, THE  CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PROPOSED BY CONGRESS, AND RATIFIED BY THE LEGISLATURES OF THE  SEVERAL STATES, PURSUANT TO THE  5th ARTICLE OF THE ORIGINAL CONSTITUTION.

        (The first  10 Amendments  were ratified  15 December  1791, and form what is known as the 'Bill of Rights'.)

AMENDMENT I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of  religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the  press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a  redress of grievances.

AMENDMENT II

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.

AMENDMENT III

No Soldier shall,  in time of  peace be quartered  in any house, without the consent of the Owner,  nor in time of war, but  in a manner to be prescribed by law.

AMENDMENT IV

The right of the people  to be secure in their  persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not  be violated;  and no  Warrants shall  issue, but upon probable cause, supported by  Oath or affirmation, and  particularly describing the  place to be  searched, and the  persons or things to be seized.

AMENDMENT V

No person shall  be held to  answer for a  capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia,  when in  actual service  in time  of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence  to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any  criminal case  to be  a witness  against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty,  or property, without due  process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

AMENDMENT VI

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.

AMENDMENT VII

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.

AMENDMENT VIII

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

AMENDMENT IX

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

AMENDMENT X

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

 

 

 

 

 
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