Drawn Swords

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a… trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law….6th Amendment

In Yuba City, a Sikh man is told that he cannot serve as a juror as long as he refuses to remove his kirpan, a symbol of deep meaning and religious devotion to baptized Sikhs. This raises the question: Is there a “right” to serve on a Jury?” Does the need for public safety outweigh religious freedom? And what does it teach us about the jury system?

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Posted on June 28, 2014, in 14th Amendment, 2nd Amendment, 6th Amendment, Article III, Podcast and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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