Thursday, October 28, 2010

Seventh Amendment

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

The Seventh Amendment is intended to preserve and protect trial by jury. Trial by jury was a feature of the British courts. The Seventh Amendment is the only amendment that has not been incorporated to the States. Since the ratification of the Seventh Amendment, Congress has amended it to combine the function of civil common law and equity courts, and has also increased the $20 threshold to $75,000.

This video features a rap about the Seventh Amendment. It emphasizes over and over again the right to trial by jury.  

This video shows a fictional example of trial by jury- the Seventh Amendment in action! This video is a spin off the popular movie Twilight. I am impressed that these young kids (they look like they are in 8th grade) know their Seventh Amendment!

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