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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification &Sixth Amendment | 12 Jan 2016

—SCOTUS Ruling in Hurst v. Florida Preserves Jury Rights

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We have BIG NEWS this week from the Supreme Court in the case of Hurst v. Florida. By a 7-1-1 vote—in fact, even overruling two of its own prior rulings—the Supreme Court of the United States has upheld the jury as the sole fact-finding authority in capital sentencing. Specifically, the Court found that the Florida […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification &Sixth Amendment | 26 Nov 2014

-What If Every Accused Person Demanded Trial by Jury?

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Michelle Alexander, associate professor at Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, this weekend in an op-ed for The New York Times shared a conversation she had with Susan Burton, executive director of A New Way of Life in Los Angeles, […]

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Function of Juries &Sixth Amendment | 08 Oct 2014

-Memo to Mississippi and New York: Trial by Jury Is NOT Optional!

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Much public concern has been expressed over the increasingly broader indefinite detention provisions included in the National Defense Authorization Acts for Fiscal Years 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Nonetheless, indefinite detention is often considered a mostly hypothetical abuse, which is for now confined to far off places like Guantanamo and for non-U.S. citizens like the […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification &Sixth Amendment | 30 Apr 2014

-Arizona Court of Appeals Ruling Protects Trial by Jury

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The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution is very clear: we have the right to trial by jury in ALL criminal cases. Nonetheless, this very explicit guarantee is routinely ignored by courts across the United States, with charges punishable by nearly six months incarceration often decided unilaterally by a judge. Last week, the Arizona […]

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Function of Juries &Sixth Amendment | 02 Aug 2013

-“Kids-for-Cash” Judge Is a Reminder of the Importance of Juries

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This week the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia denied the request of “Kids-for-Cash” Judge Mark A. Ciavarella to overturn his 28-year sentence for his part in a multi-million dollar scheme whereby he and another judge profited handsomely by funneling kids into a private prison system. This scheme involved denying juvenile defendants of their […]

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Jurors Doing Justice &Sixth Amendment | 26 May 2011

9th Circuit Panel Rules Juror Can’t Be Discharged Due to His Views on the Merits of a Case

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Eugene Volokh reports on a recent Ninth Circuit ruling in the case of Williams v. Cavazos in which a juror, who was reluctant to convict, was dismissed in the middle of deliberations: Dismissing a Holdout Juror in the Middle of Deliberations Because “His Mind Is Bent . . . Against the Prosecution” Volokh quotes from […]

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