Bill of Rights

What are the rights listed in the bill of rights?

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1. Freedom of Speech, Press, Religion and Petition

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of

religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging

the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people

peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress

of grievances.

2. Right to keep and bear arms

A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a

free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall

not be infringed.

3. Conditions for quarters of soldiers

No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house,

without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a

manner to be prescribed by law.

4. Right of search and seizure regulated

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses,

papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures,

shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon

probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly

describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to

be seized.

5. Provisions concerning prosecution

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise

infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand

Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in

the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public

danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be

twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in

any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived

of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor

shall private property be taken for public use without just


6. Right to a speedy trial, witnesses, etc.

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.

7. Right to a trial by jury

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

reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the

rules of the common law.

8. Excessive bail, cruel punishment

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines

imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

9. Rule of construction of Constitution

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall

not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the


10. Rights of the States under Constitution

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.

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