The trial of all crimes, except in cases of impeachment, shall be by jury; and such trial shall be held in the state where the said crimes shall have been committed; but when not committed within any state, the trial shall be at such place or places as the congress may by law have directed.

Sec. 3. Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason, unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.

The congress shall have power to declare the punishment of treason; but no attainder of treason shall work corruption of blood, or forfeiture, except during the life of the person attainted.

ARTICLE IV. SECTION 1. Full faith and credit shall be given in each state to the public acts, records and judicial proceedings of every other state. And the congress may by general laws prescribe the manner in which such acts, records and proceedings shall be proved, and the effect thereof.

Sec. 2. The citizens of each state shall be entitled to all privileges and immunities of citizens in the several states.

A person charged in any state with treason, felony, or other crime, who shall Hee from justice and be found in another state, shall, on demand of the executive authority of the state from which he fled, be delivered up to be removed to the state having jurisdiction of the crime.

No person held to service or labor in one state, under the laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in consequence of any law or regulation therein, be discharged from such service or labor, but shall be delivered up on claim of the party to whom such service or labor may be due.

Sec. 3. New states may be admitted by the congress into this union; but no new state shall be formed or erected within the ju. risdiction of any other state; nor any state be formed by the junction of two or more states, or parts of states, without the consent of the legislature of the states concerned, as well as of the con. gress.

The congress shall have power to dispose of, and make all needful rules and regulations respecting, the territory or other property belonging to the United States; and nothing in this constitution shall be so construed as to prejudice any claims of the United States, or of any particular state.

SEC. 4. The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and, on application of the legislature, or of the executive, (when the legislature cannot be convened,) against domestic violence.


The congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the congress; provided, that no amendments which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight, shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the senate.


All debts contracted, and engagements entered into, before the adoption of this constitution, shall be as valid against the United States, under this constitution, as under the confederation.

This constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof, and all treaties made, or which shall be made under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land ; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby; any thing in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.

The senators and representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation to support this constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.


The ratification of the conventions of nine states shall be sufficient for the establishment of this constitution between the states so ratifying the same.

Done in convention, by the unanimous consent of the states pres

ent, the seventeenth day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the twelfth. In witness whereof, we have hereunto subscribed our names.


President, and Deputy from Virginia.

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The constitution was adopted and ratified on the 29th of May, 1790, by a convention elected by the people of the state of Rhode Island


In addition to, and amendment of, the constitution of the United

States, ratified by the legislatures of the several states, pursuant to the fifth article of the original constitution.

1. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or probibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

II. A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

III. No soldier shall, in time of peace, be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner; nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

IV. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

V. No person shall be held to answer for a capital or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia when in actual service, in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled, in any criminal case, to be a witness against himself; nor be deprived of life, liberty or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.

VI. In all criminal prosecutions the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defence.

VII. In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reëxamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

VIII. Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

IX. The enumeration in the constitution of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people..

X. The powers not delegated to the United States by the constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

XI. The judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit, in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by citizens of another state, or by citizens or subjects of any foreign state.


3. He shall command military and naval Powers Distributed.

forces, except, &c.
Three departments.

4. He may grant reprieves, &c.
5. He may fill vacancies.

6. He may adjourn assembly, in case, ARTICLE IV.

&c. Legislative Power.

7. He may convene assembly, when, &c. SECTION

8. Commissions, how signed, &c. 1. Constitution supreme law.

9. Lieutenant-governor, when to act as 2. Two houses. — General assembly. –

governor. Style of laws.

10. Vacancies, how filled. 3. Sessions of general assembly.

11. Compensation of governor, &c. 4. Members not to take fees, &c.

12. Duties of general officers. 5. Members exempt from arrest, &c. 6. Powers of each house. Organization.

ARTICLE VIII. 7. Powers to make rules, &c.

Elections. 8. Of the journal and yeas and nays. SECTION 9. Of adjournments.

1. Governor and general officers, when 10. Of powers not prohibited.

elected. 11. Pay of members.

2. General officers and members of as12. Lotteries prohibited.

sembly, how voted for. 13. Debts not to be incurred.

3. Same subject. — How votes to be seal14. Private or local appropriations.

ed up, transmitted and counted. 15. Of valuations of property and assess- 4. Lists of voters to be kept. (Obsolete.] ments.

5. Ballots for members of assembly, 16. Officers may be continued until suc- how counted. — Adjournment of eleccessors qualified.

tions, when. 17. Bills to create corporations to be con

6. Of voting in the city of Providence. tinued, except, &c.

7. If governor or lieutenant-governor not 18. Of election of senators to congress.

elected by people, grand committee

to elect- how. ARTICLE V.

8. In case general officers not elected by Hlouse of Representatives.

people, how vacancies shall be filled. Section

9. Vacancies in assembly, how filled. 1. House, how constituted. — Ratio of 10. Majority required to elect.

representation. 2. May elect its officers, &c.


Qualifications for office.


1. Qualified electors only eligible.

2. Conviction of bribery, a disqualificaSection

tion. 1. How constituted.

3. Oath of general officers. 2. Governor to preside. — When to vote

4. Officers, how engaged. in grand committee.

5. How oath to be administered to gov3. May elect presiding officer in case of

&c. vacancy, &c.

6. Holding office under United States, or 4. Secretary and other officers.

other government, a disqualification for certain offices,

except, &c. ARTICLE VII. Executive.


Judiciary. 1. Of the governor and lieutenant-gov- SECTION ernor. — How elected.

1. One supreme court. — Inferior courts, 2. Duty of governor.

how established.


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