Found in the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Article I-11 of the Nebraska Constitution, the right to a trial by jury is probably the most well-known right of an accused in the U.S. The idea behind a “jury of your peers” is that an accused will not be convicted and sentenced to a lengthy prison term without a group of his/her peers listening to all the testimony, viewing all the evidence and deciding that the defendant is, indeed, guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Topics covered in this report include:
- Right to Confront and Cross-Examine Witnesses
- Right to a Speedy Trial
- Right to Trial by Jury
- Right against Cruel and Unusual Punishment
- Right against Double Jeopardy