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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 &Jury Nullification | 25 Apr 2014

-Supreme Court to Consider Revisiting Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts

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Law professor Eugene Volokh, of the Volokh Conspiracy, reports that the case of Jackson v. Louisiana is on the Supreme Court’s conference list for today. Jackson v. Louisiana is the latest of several cases in recent years calling upon the Supreme Court to revisit its 1972 rulings in Apodaca v. Oregon and Johnson v. Louisiana, […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 20 Mar 2014

-Judges Circumvent Jury Verdicts with Sentencing for Acquitted Conduct

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Did you know that even if a jury finds a defendant outright Not Guilty on some charges, a judge may still be able to increase the defendant’s sentence for Guilty verdicts based on the conduct of which the jury explicitly acquitted him? Consider the case of Antwuan Ball, acquitted of every single one of the […]

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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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