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The Right to a Criminal Jury Trial

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Clark Neily
Clark Neily

Senior Vice President for Legal Studies, Cato Institute

Explore the severity of criminal convictions and why the right to a criminal jury trial is so valuable. As part of our Foundations of Criminal Proceedings video series, Clark Neily, Senior Vice President for Legal Studies at the Cato Institute, discusses the importance of a criminal jury trial within the Constitution and what it means for Americans. This is designed for high school students and may be used independently or in conjunction with our criminal proceedings units.

Discussion question suggestions:

  • Why is accusing someone of a crime so serious?
  • When should someone be convicted of a crime?