McKeiver v. Pennsylvania (Great American Court Cases)
Legal Citation: 403 U.S. 528 (1971)
Joseph McKeiver, Edward Terry
State of Pennsylvania
That minors had the constitutional right to a jury trial in criminal proceedings against them.
Chief Lawyer for Plaintiff
Daniel E. Farmer
Chief Defense Lawyer
Justices for the Court
Hugo Lafayette Black, Harry A. Blackmun (writing for the Court), William J. Brennan, Jr., Warren E. Burger, John Marshall Harlan II, Thurgood Marshall, Potter Stewart, Byron R. White
William O. Douglas
Date of Decision
21 June 1971
Trial by jury is a constitutional right that does not apply to minors.
The Court reversed a trend that had granted increasing constitutional protections to minors accused of crimes.
In 1968, 16-year-old Philadelphian Joseph McKeiver was charged with three felony counts. The charges against McKeiver were robbery, larceny, and receiving...
(The entire section is 1381 words.)
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