Rights of the Accused
The constitution of the united states of American was put in place to safeguard the lives and freedoms of American citizens. In this country we have rights that need to be protected especially from the government itself. For this reason alone we have many safeguards put in place to the protect our rights. We are going to discuss due process of the law and the rights of the accused. The first thing we need to know is what due process of the law means pertain to people accused of crimes. Due process of the law is the constitutional provision that the government must follow fair and regular procedures in the actions that can lead to and individuals suffering loss of life liberty or property. Although due process has been around of a while, it was not always upheld and enforced. (Think American Government Pg.73) On August 7, 1930, on the courthouse square in Marion, Indiana, Thomas ship and Abraham Smith were murdered by a mob of towns’ folk. A crowd of people men, women, and children shouting and jeering, demanding that the sheriff release his three prisoners. The three African American teenagers, Tom Shipp, Abe Smith, and James Cameron huddled inside theirs cells, charged with the murder of a white man and the rape of a white woman. Some among the thousands of people in front of the jail formed a mob. They beat down the jail down and drug the accused from their cell. The young men were brutally beaten and dragged to a tree on the courthouse square. Nooses were placed around their neck and they were hung. This happened 67 years after the abolishment of slavery and 143 years after the constitution was ratified. It’s very obvious that there was no due process of the law in the aforementioned story. (www.archives.gov/education) Although the events like the lynching of the two men and the ratification of the Constitution was a short while ago, we have come a long way. Today we have things called probable cause and the fourth amendment right,...
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