Sixth Amendment

Why It Was Created

The Sixth Amendment was created because the Founding Fathers wanted to protect basic rights of the accused. They objected to many of the ways they were treated by the British in matters of crime and justice. Hence, the Sixth Amendment provides for many protections from unfair methods of prosecution and investigation. Some of these rights were originally given to English citizens and the Founding Fathers were influenced by their knowledge of those rights to the degree that they wanted those rights protected for Americans as well.