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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Aug 2, 2008

Thank you, servicemen and servicewomen, for your dedication to your country. Remember them as this year’s Sweet Corn Days parade is dedicated to them.

Today we conclude our reflection on the Bill of Rights

Amendment 6

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.

Amendment 7

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment 8

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

The “cruel and unusual punishment” portion of this amendment has generated the most controversy in recent years.

Amendment 9

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Your rights end when the rights of others are infringed upon.

Amendment 10

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

This is where the concept of “states rights” comes in. Whereas federal law supercedes state law, when the federal law is silent on an issue, the states may enact the appropriate laws.

Be sure to thank the troops you see around town as today’s Sweet Corn Days Parade theme is to celebrate the return of the local National Guard troops and thank them for their service.