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right to speedy, public trial

The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that a person accused of a crime has the right to a speedy and public trial, and states that:

“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.”

In Texas, as in all states, the Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees fundamental rights to individuals accused of crimes. This includes the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury in the state and district where the crime was committed. Texas adheres to these constitutional mandates through its own legal procedures and statutes. The Texas Code of Criminal Procedure outlines the rights of the accused, including the right to be informed of the charges against them, to confront and cross-examine witnesses, to subpoena witnesses in their defense, and to have the assistance of an attorney. If an accused cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed by the court, as per the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Gideon v. Wainwright. Texas courts interpret and apply these rights to ensure fair trials and to uphold the constitutional protections afforded to all individuals facing criminal prosecution.

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