Thursday, September 18, 2008

From The Modinator

The right to a speedy trial, the right to bear arms, the right to have a lawyer, freedom from unreasonable search, and the right to be confronted by witnesses. These are the five amendments of the Bill of Rights that I would give up if I had to. The right to a speedy trial because one would eventually have to have a trial for the crimes committed. They can not be denied a trial and would get one soon enough. I would give up the right to bear arms because there could be a man with a totally clean record, who has never committed a crime, and is not insane, that suddenly wants to kill. This man could just get a permit and buy a gun, then run around wreaking havoc. This would be perfectly legal (except for the wreaking havoc part), but if bearing arms was illegal, then this man would probably have been caught and lives would have been saved. I would give up the right to have a lawyer because, unless one has paid for a lawyer, one will most probably get a lawyer that is not too good, and this person would probably have been better by themselves. The right to be confronted by a witness because the witness might not be willing to testify. Freedom from unreasonable search because some people are very good at hiding things from others. Especially drug dealers. If the police can come in and search houses and cars, many people would be saved from being harmed. (I also picked this one because the others seemed a little too important to let go of).

1 comment:

evermorefire said...

Hate to break it to you, but the right to a speedy trial, and the right to a lawyer, and the right to witnesses are all part of the same amendment. #6, to be exact. But giving up a lawyer means giving up a certified person who has gotten at least one degree in law school. "this person probably would have been better off by themselves"? Don't make me laugh. You actually think normal citizens would do better than someone who has actually gone to college for law? Sorry to be cynical, but that's the cold, hard truth. Most people wouldn't stand a chance in court without a lawyer.

-evermorefire