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Exploring the Constitution with Professor Adam Winkler, Part 6 – Amendments 4–8 – Episode 426

On this episode of Blunt Force Truth, Chuck and Mark are joined by Professor Adam Winkler to continue their exploration of the United States Constitution. Today they cover the 4th–8th Amendments.

They start off discussing the protections and limitations granted to citizen by the 4th Amendment. Professor Winkler explains the protections an individual has during a run-in with law enforcement. He also explains how the Fourth Amendment relates to personal privacy.

Chuck and Mark move to discussing the Fifth Amendment and its two main protections for individual’s rights. Professor Winkler explains what a grand jury can do, the two main protections of the Fifth Amendment, and the difference of an inditement and charges.

Their conversation moves into Sixth Amendment and the protections it grants to criminal defendants. Professor Winkler explains each of the protections provided by the Sixth Amendment, and they discuss how it plays into the Mueller Investigation.

They wrap-up with a quick exploration of the Eighth Amendment. They discuss how the Eighth Amendment has become very popular as of late and is a focus of those pushing for criminal justice reform.

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More about Professor Winkler:

Professor Adam Winkler is a specialist in American constitutional law and history. He is the author of We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights (2018) and Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America (2011).

His scholarship has been cited in landmark Supreme Court cases, including opinions on the Second Amendment and on corporate free speech rights. His popular writing has been featured in the New York TimesNew York Review of BooksWall Street JournalWashington PostLos Angeles TimesNew RepublicAtlanticSlate, SCOTUSblog, and Daily Beast.

He is a frequent commentator about legal issues and has appeared on Face the Nation, CNN, NBC Nightly News, C-SPAN, Newshour, ABC News, All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Marketplace. He also served as co-editor of the Encyclopedia of the American Constitution (2d Edition).

Connect with Professor Winkler:

Twitter: @adamwinkler.


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