Brief Fact Summary. Petitioners were convicted on obscenity charges by a six-person jury that was not unanimous.
Synopsis of Rule of Law. “[T]hat conviction by a nonunanimous six-member jury in a state criminal trial for a nonpetty offense deprives an accused of his constitutional right to trial by jury.”
The number should probably be large enough to promote group deliberation, free from outside attempts at intimidation, and to provide a fair possibility for obtaining a representative cross-section of the community.View Full Point of Law
Issue. “[W]hether conviction by a nonunanimous six-person jury in a state criminal trial for a nonpetty offense as contemplated by.