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By author: Robert J. McWhirter
Number of Pages:  46
Dimensions:  7 X 10 Inches (US)
Original publication year:  2017
ISBN:  978-1-945682-07-0
Paperback / softback
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1. Important: The Founders considered trial by jury in civil cases [disputes between private citizens] one of the most important rights and a check on official or arbitrary power. 2. Timely: This right is currently much beleaguered: there are many proposals to limit the right to jury trial [restricting access to the court, imposing caps on damages and on contingency fees that limit access to counsel, limits to compensation and forced arbitration]. Less than 2% of cases are heard by juries. 3. Author is a constitutional lawyer, teacher and TV commentator 4. Unique approach that links argument to popular culture--films, TV, sports and current affairs
The Seventh Amendment β€œIn 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 re-examined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.” Trial by oath, trial by ordeal, trial by combat. However did we get from those forms of trial to trial by jury? We take trial by jury as a given, but why is it enshrined in the Bill of Rights? In this book you will ?nd out. Robert McWhirter traces the long history of trials in their various forms from Medieval England, through the Tudor dynasty and the problems of Henry VIII, the Stuart Kings and the Georgians to arrive at how trials were conducted in Colonial America with the tussle for primacy between the judiciary and juries. It was as a result of that last struggle that the drafters of the Bill of Rights realized the need for the Seventh Amendment. This lively account is written for the interested citizen, as well as the civics student. Along the way there are surprising, and interesting, discursions into how the events and personalities surrounding the Seventh Amendment have appeared in literature, ?lm, sports and popular culture. The book is part of a collection chronicling the origins, history, and interpretation, of the first ten Amendments to the Constitution – the Bill of Rights.
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