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Amendments 1-10


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1st Amendment
Prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.
2nd Amendment
Protects the right to keep and bear arms.
3rd Amendment
Prohibits quartering of soldiers in private homes without the owner's consent during peacetime.
4th Amendment
Prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures and sets out requirements for search warrants based on probable cause as determined by a neutral judge or magistrate.
5th Amendment
Sets out rules for indictment by grand jury and eminent domain, protects the right to due process, and prohibits self-incrimination and double jeopardy.
6th Amendment
Protects the right to a fair and speedy public trial by jury, including the rights to be notified of the accusations, to confront the accuser, to obtain witnesses and to retain counsel.
7th Amendment
Provides for the right to trial by jury in certain civil cases, according to common law.
8th Amendment
Prohibits excessive fines and excessive bail, as well as cruel and unusual punishment.
9th Amendment
Protects rights not enumerated in the Constitution.
10th Amendment
Limits the powers of the federal government to those delegated to it by the Constitution.