On Tuesday during a rally in Florida Donald Trump called into question Ahmed Khan Rahami’s right to legal representation and hospitalization.
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“The bad part: now we will give him amazing hospitalization,” said Trump. “And he’ll probably even have room service, knowing the way our country is. And on top of all of that he will be represented by an outstanding lawyer.”
The Sixth Amendment states:
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 defense.
The Eighth Amendment states criminal defendants should not be subject to cruel and unusual punishment. In 1983 the Supreme Court ruled the Constitution requires municipalities to provide medical treatment for criminal suspects who are injured while being captured by the police.
Trump leavened his contempt by concluding “we must have speedy but fair trials and we must deliver a just and very harsh punishment to these people.”
South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham went one step further and said Rahami should be denied a fair trial and be held as an enemy combatant.
Fox’s Judge Napolitano said his comment was worrisome: