There is no constitutional right to fairness

Re: the article: “Fixing a problem in legal system” in the July 29 Alpena News: The first sentence of the article — the VERY FIRST sentence — is factually wrong. To wit, “Everyone is entitled to a fair chance in court, the U.S. Constitution states,” simply is not true.

The Sixth Amendment, in criminal prosecutions, guarantees the accused: (i) the right to a speedy and public trial, (ii) by an impartial jury, (iii) to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation, (iv) to be confronted with the witnesses against him, (v) to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and (vi) assistance of counsel.

There is nothing about fairness. Given the disparity in resources between the state and most criminal defendants, “fair” is four-letter word when it comes to criminal law.

This is information known by middle school students and those studying for a citizenship test. Or, Google “Sixth Amendment,” for crying out loud. One would like to think it was known, as well, by the reporters for the Alpena News, supposed to be “the best of the best.” If the local newspaper cannot be trusted even to get verifiable facts straight, what is it doing other than serving as a pennysaver?




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