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Ballew v. Georgia

    Brief Fact Summary. Petitioner was convicted by a fiver person jury.

    Synopsis of Rule of Law. “Because of the fundamental importance of the jury trial to the American system of criminal justice, any further reduction [of the number of members on a jury below six] that promotes inaccurate and possibly biased decisionmaking [sic], that causes untoward differences in verdicts, and that prevents juries from truly representing their communities, attains constitutional significance.”

    Facts. “Petitioner was convicted on two misdemeanor counts of distributing obscene material by a five-person jury impaneled according to Georgia law.”

    Issue.
    “Whether a further reduction in the size of the state criminal jury.


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