The Bill Of Rights

By Danny Mansour

1st Amendment: Basic Freedoms The rights of which no group may be persecuted for expressing their beliefs or views. This statue represents how the people have their freedom to express their views but they are still bound and restricted to some extent by other laws.
2nd Amendment: Right to Bear Arms The right for the people to keep firearms in case of the need for defense of an area by a peacekeeping force. This image represents how these soldiers had firearms and were very well trained regulated, just like how this amendment allowed citizens to own and carry weapons for use in well organized and regulated militias.
3rd Amendment: Quartering of Soldiers No homeowner should be forced by the government to take care of and give shelter to soldiers within their home unless the owners have given their consent that they may. This painting represents how soldiers are killing and forcing themselves into homes so that they may take shelter, which is prohibited by this amendment.
4th Amendment: Search and Arrest Government officials may not search or take away citizens property, belongings, or their being unless they have a good reason, which comes in the form of a judge approved warrant. This painting represents this amendment by showing how this woman's veil makes her mysterious and secretive yet officials still may not search her due to having no good reason. She may not be touched.
Amendment 5: Rights in Criminal Cases No one can have two trials for the same crime, lose property or be jailed except through the proper course of the law, nor shall they be forced to incriminate themselves. This painting is a self portrait of a man whose mouth in closed. This is similar to how citizens have the right to remain silent so as to not provide evidence against themselves.
Amendment 6: Right to a Fair Trial Citizens who are accused of committing a crime have the right to have lawyers who represent them, are allowed to question witnesses, and must have a fair and public jury trial. This drawing represents two lawyers who are discussing a strategy or details of their client's case because of the client's right to have a lawyer to his defense, given to him by this amendment.
Amendment 7: Rights in Civil Cases People may chose to have a jury trial to settle an argument over something of value to them. This painting represents many men who are arguing about one of their disputes and bringing it for debate among the people, just like how this amendment gives people the right to bring their disputes to a jury trial.
Amendment 8: Bail, Fines, Punishment Unreasonable bail or fines should not be given and inhumane or unordinary punishments are forbidden. This painting represents the cruel punishment that Prometheus was forced to undergo, which is banned by this amendment.
Amendment 9: Rights Retained by the People The government may not intrude upon the rights of citizens including those not explicitly mentioned in the Constitution. This painting represents how the family is protecting the baby, just like how this amendment protects the rights of the people that were not mentioned in the Constitution.
Amendment 10: States' Rights The states and people own any powers that was not explicitly given to the federal government via the Constitution. This drawing represents a water that drips down a fountain, just like how this amendment gives the states and the people the powers that drip down or overflow from the federal government because they were not given specifically to them.
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