Being judged by a jury of your peers is a central tenet of the American criminal justice system. One reason the settlers originally chose to flee England and seek refuge in America was that King George III failed to allow juries the ability to function effectively in the English legal system. Once settlers arrived and formed the colonies, King George III continued his assault on their legal rights by filling colonial juries with royal sympathizers or sending them back to England to face juries. As a result, the existence of ...

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