AP_Gov_WTP_Answer - What rights are included in the body of...

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What rights are included in the body of the Constitution? How do rights in the body of the constitution protect the political independence of public officials, and why is that protection important? How do rights in the body of the Constitution protect individuals against violations by state governments and by the national government? When the Framers constructed the Constitution, they included many articles to protect the rights of the people. These rights were later extended with the Bill of Rights, ratified in 1791. Although the majority of the people’s rights are listed and protected in the Bill of Rights, the original body of the constitution lists several specific liberties for the people. The founding fathers constructed the constitution so that the government would have specific, limited powers. Therefore the constitution needed to include articles that limited the ability of the government to infringe on the citizen’s liberties. Sections 9 and 10 of Article 1, which include the writ of habeas corpus and the prohibition of bills of attainder and ex post facto laws, protect the freedom of the people by restricting the power of the government. The original body of the constitution also includes the right of trial by jury in criminal cases stating in Article III Section 2 “The trial of all
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