The Bill of Rights and the 14th Amendment

Sixth Amendment

What is an impartial jury?

The Sixth Amendment right to an impartial jury means that a defendant must have a jury that is chosen in a process that represents a fair cross-section of the community. The U.S. Supreme Court explained in Taylor v. Louisiana (1975; see LegalSpeak, p. 70) that “selection of a petit [trial] jury from a representative cross section of the community is an essential component of the Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial.”


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