05 July 2008

In honor of Independence Day


Everyone's posting pieces of the Declaration of Independence, so I thought I'd post excerpts from the Bill of Rights, since some people around here seem to have forgotten what they contain:
  • 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.
  • The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated...
  • 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...
  • In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial...
    Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
Full text here.

Image from 1776 Web.





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