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ARTICLE I, SECTION 9. AMENDMENT OF NOVEMBER 6, 1984

Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 1968 - Amendments

Rights of Accused in Criminal Prosecutions

In all criminal prosecutions the accused hath a right to be heard by himself and his counsel, to demand the nature and cause of the accusation against him, to meet the witnesses face to face, to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and in prosecutions by indictment or information, a speedy public trial by an impartial jury of the vicinage; he cannot be compelled to give evidence against himself, nor can he be deprived of his life, liberty or property, unless by the judgment of his peers or the law of the land. The use of a suppressed voluntary admission or voluntary confession to impeach the credibility of a person may be permitted and shall not be construed as compelling a person to give evidence against himself [Source: 1984 Pa. Laws 1306]

Bill Histories

1982 Bill History Pamphlet Laws Resolution No.1

SB 496 By Senators GREENLEAF and PECORA.                                                        
                                                          Printer's No. 503.

    A Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, permitting the use of suppressed voluntary admissions or confessions to impeach a defendant's credibility.

    Referred to JUDICIARY, March 16, 1981
    Reported as committed, May 5, 1981
    First consideration, May 5, 1981
    Second consideration, May 12, 1981
    Third consideration and final passage, June 9, 1981 (35-12)
    (Remarks see Senate Journal Page 789), June 9, 1981
                              In the House
    Referred to JUDICIARY, June 16, 1981
    Reported as committed, Oct. 14, 1981
    First consideration, Oct. 14, 1981
    Laid on the table, Oct. 14, 1981
    Removed from table, Nov. 10, 1981
    Second consideration, Dec. 8, 1981
    Laid on the table, Jan. 25, 1982
    Removed from table, Jan. 25, 1982
    Third consideration and final passage, Jan. 26, 1982 (191-6)
                     Signed in Senate, Jan. 27, 1982
                     Signed in House, Feb. 1, 1982
    Filed in the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, Feb. 1, 1982
                     Pamphlet Laws Resolution No. 1
                         Passed Sessions of 1982

1984 Bill History 1984 Pamphlet Laws Resolution No.2

SB 299 By Senators GREENLEAF, HESS, BRIGHTBILL, PECORA, ANDREZESKI, SHAFFER, HELFRICK and ROCKS.

Prior Printer's No. 321.                                Printer's No. 503.

    A Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, permitting the use of suppressed voluntary admissions or confessions to impeach a defendant's credibility.

    Referred to JUDICIARY, Feb. 22, 1983
    Reported as committed, Feb. 23, 1983
    First consideration, Feb. 23, 1983
    Second consideration, Feb. 24, 1983
    Amended on third consideration, March 14, 1983
    (Remarks see Senate Journal Page 182),  March 14, 1983
    Third consideration and final passage, March 15, 1983 (35-10)
    (Remarks see Senate Journal Page 193),  March 15, 1983
                              In the House
    Referred to JUDICIARY, March 21, 1983
    Reported as committed, June 27, 1984
    First consideration, June 27, 1984
    Laid on the table, June 27, 1984
    Removed from table, June 27, 1984
    Second consideration, June 28, 1984
    Third consideration and final passage, June 29, 1984 (193-2)
                     Signed in Senate, June 29, 1984
                     Signed in House, June 29, 1984
    Filed in the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, June 29, 1984
                    Pamphlet Laws Resolution No. 2
                    Passed Sessions of 1982 and 1984
    Approved by the Electorate, Nov. 6, 1984 (1,542,142 - 1,076,343)