What are the main facts of the case in McKeiver v. Pennsylvania?

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McKeiver v. Pennsylvania (1971) is remembered as a case in which the Supreme Court determined that a minor does not have a constitutional right to a jury trial. The facts of the case are as follows. Sixteen-year old Joseph McKeiver and several other boys were charged with robbery, larceny, and possession of stolen goods after stealing small sums of money from other youths. The boys were brought to trial in front of the Juvenile Court of Philadelphia, where they requested a jury (as opposed to a bench) trial. The court denied their request, and first the Superior Court and then the Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld the juvenile court's decision. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Pennsylvania Court's decision.