An Essay on the Trial by Jury

An Essay on the Trial by Jury

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Unquestionably the most radical treatise ever written on the American jury, examining Magna Carta and a host of other historical sources to sustain the claim that jurors should be chosen from the entire population and be judges of both fact and law . One of the earliest treatises on the subject. Spooner's powerful argument for reform of the jury system holds that jurors should be drawn by lot from the whole body of citizens, and that they should be judges of law as well as of the fact in question. Spooner [1808-1887] was well known for his controversial arguments on political and legal subjects. Spooner maintained that jurors should be drawn by lot from the whole body of citizens, and that they should be judges of law as well as of fact. Contents: The Right of Juries to Judge of the Justice of Laws The Trial by Jury, As Defined by Magna Carta 1. The History of Magna Carta. 2. The Language of Magna Carta Additional Proofs of the Rights and Duties of Juries 1. Weakness of the Regal Authority 2. The Ancient Common Law Juries Were Mere Courts of Conscience 3. The Oaths of Juror. 4. The Right of Jurors to Fix the Sentence 5. The Oaths of Judges 6. The Coronation Oath The Rights and Duties of Juries in Civil Suits Objections Answered Juries of the Present Day Illegal Illegal Judges The Free Administration of Justice The Criminal Intent Moral Considerations for Jurors Authority of Magna Carta Limitations Imposed Upon the Majority by the Trial by Jury Appendix TaxationSpoonera#39;s powerful argument for reform of the jury system holds that jurors should be drawn by lot from the whole body of citizens, and that they should be judges of law as well as of the fact in question.


Title:An Essay on the Trial by Jury
Author: Lysander Spooner
Publisher:The Minerva Group, Inc. - 2004-01-01
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