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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Remembering the Adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776

When celebrating July 4, 2012, we must remember the millions of Americans who died for our country to maintain our freedom and rights afforded to us by the United States Constitution.  In my opinion, the most importance sentence in American history is the following:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

The Declaration of Independence was a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776 that the thirteen American colonies were independent states and would no longer be part of the British empire.

The United States Constution was later adopted on July 17, 1787 as the Supreme law of the United States of America.  The Bill of Rights, introduced to the 1st US Congress by James Madison, came into effect on December 15, 1791 as the first 10 Amendments to the United States Constitution.  These laws guarantee Americans personal freedoms and limit the power of government in judicial proceedings.  These laws, as contained in the Bill of Rights, are summarized as follows:

1st Amendment - protects freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the right of the people to peaceably assemble, the right to petition the    government for redress;

2nd Amendment - protects the right of Americans to bear arms; this freedom is explicit and says it shall not be infringed;

3rd Amendment - provideds protection from quartering troops;

4th Amendment - provides protection from unreasonable search and seizures;

5th Amendment - provides the right to due process, protection from double jeopardy, protection from self incrimination, and the law of eminent domain;

6th Amendment - in criminal cases, protects right to trial by jury, speedy trial, public trial, right to counsel, right to know the charges against you, right to compel witness to attend trial to testify;

7th Amendment - protects right to a jury trial in civil cases to decide all fact issues;

8th Amendment - prohibits excessive bail and fines and prohibits cruel and unusual punishment;

9th Amendment - provides protection of other rights; Constitution was not intended as comprehensive; and

10th Amendment - protects powers of States.

My personal quest is to protect the rights of my clients.  If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident causing serious personal injury or wrongful death due to the negligence of another party or corporation, including automobile accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, bus accidents, hit by drunk driver, pedestrian accidents, work related accidents, construction accidents, swimming pool accidents, hotel and resort accidents, oil field accidents, boating accidents, assault and abuse cases, premises liability, call Sheadyn R. Rogers of the Rogers Law Firm, a Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer, today for an immediate free consultation regarding your case.  

Have a happy, joyous, and safe July 4, 2012 celebration!

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