Question and answer
Explain the history of the 12-member jury requirement. Do you agree with the right to a jury trial?
The Court had long taken the position that a jury in a criminal case must have 12 members. In 1898, the Court said, "a jury comprised of 12 persons, neither more or less" was a constitutional requirement. [ In 1970, in Williams v Florida, they Court reconsidered its earlier statements on jury size in a case that affirmed the conviction of a robber convicted by a six-member Florida jury. The
Court noted that the Sixth Amendment says nothing at all about jury size, even though 12 person-juries had been traditionally used in America. The expectation that a jury consists of 12 members dated back to the 1300s, but the Court found that to be a "historical accident." Concluding that a six-person jury could fulfill the framers' expectations concerning a jury's functions just as well as a 12-person jury, the Court rejected its prior words on the subject and held that six-person juries satisfy the requirements of the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments. Justice Harlan harshly criticized the majority's reasoning, asking where and how the Court might draw the line on jury size. ]
Expert answered|MrG|Points 2123|
Question
Asked 12/23/2012 1:31:49 PM
0 Answers/Comments
Get an answer
New answers
Rating

There are no new answers.

Comments

There are no comments.

Add an answer or comment
Log in or sign up first.
18,459,258 questions answered
Popular Conversations
In the poem "God's Grandeur," the phrase "nor can foot feel, being ...
Weegy: In the poem "God's Grandeur," the phrase "nor can foot feel, being shod" means: humans are out of touch with ...
11/27/2014 12:04:03 AM| 1 Answers
Weegy Stuff
S
L
1
L
P
C
1
P
C
1
L
P
C
1
Points 2939 [Total 14649]| Ratings 11| Comments 2829| Invitations 0|Offline
S
L
Points 1472 [Total 3758]| Ratings 0| Comments 1472| Invitations 0|Offline
S
Points 847 [Total 879]| Ratings 1| Comments 837| Invitations 0|Offline
S
1
L
1
L
P
P
L
P
Points 784 [Total 14158]| Ratings 0| Comments 784| Invitations 0|Offline
S
L
Points 777 [Total 1298]| Ratings 6| Comments 717| Invitations 0|Offline
S
1
L
L
Points 273 [Total 6667]| Ratings 0| Comments 273| Invitations 0|Offline
S
L
Points 163 [Total 1459]| Ratings 3| Comments 133| Invitations 0|Offline
S
Points 109 [Total 109]| Ratings 1| Comments 99| Invitations 0|Online
S
Points 50 [Total 50]| Ratings 0| Comments 0| Invitations 5|Offline
S
Points 46 [Total 46]| Ratings 3| Comments 6| Invitations 1|Offline
Home | Contact | Blog | About | Terms | Privacy | Social | ©2014 Purple Inc.