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Ballew v. Georgia

Citation. Ballew v. Georgia, 435 U.S. 223, 98 S. Ct. 1029, 55 L. Ed. 2d 234, 3 Media L. Rep. 1979 (U.S. Mar. 21, 1978)
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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.”


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


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

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