Happy 4th of July!

July 4th, 2018 | Posted in Constitutional law, Jury Trials, Legal History

Have a happy and safe 4th of July and take a minute to appreciate our right to have our guilt or innocence or private dispute governed not by a king, or government, or bureaucrat, but by our fellow citizens and neighbors.

“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.”

U.S. Const. amend. VI

“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 reexamined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.”

U.S. Const. amend. VII