AP: Many Defendants’ Cases Kept Secret
Ok, This is just plain not right. It’s one of those constitutional issues and the question I’ve got is WHY is it that this thing hasn’t been challenged in the Supreme Court? For that matter, WHY has it not been given more press? Why have not more questions been asked.
AP: Many Defendants’ Cases Kept Secret (AP)
AP – Despite the Sixth Amendment’s guarantee of public trials, nearly all records are being kept secret for more than 5,000 defendants who completed their journey through the federal courts over the last three years. Instances of such secrecy more than doubled from 2003 to 2005.
The Text of the Sixth Amendment:
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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