Duncan v. Louisiana - Decision, Background Amendments And The History Of Trial By Jury, The Allegations Against Gary Duncan
State of Louisiana
That the state denied him his Sixth Amendment right to a trial by jury, which the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees at the state level.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
Richard B. Sobol
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
Dorothy D. Wolbrette
Justices for the Court
Hugo Lafayette Black, William J. Brennan, Jr., William O. Douglas, Abe Fortas, Thurgood Marshall, Earl Warren, Byron R. White (writing for the Court)
John Marshall Harlan II, Potter Stewart
Date of Decision
20 May 1968
This case represented a key movement of the U.S. Supreme Court to make the states comply with the amendments of the U.S. Constitution under the Fourteenth Amendment, which applied the first eight amendments to the states, according to the Supreme Court majority in this case. In Duncan v. Louisiana the Court held that the state must honor the Fourteenth Amendment's guarantee of a jury trial.
- Maxwell v. Dow, 176 U.S. 581 (1900).
- District of Columbia v. Clawans, 300 U.S. 617 (1937).
- Palko v. Connecticut, 302 U.S. 319 (1937).
- Singer v. United States, 323 U.S. 338 (1945).
Levy, Leonard W., ed. Encyclopedia of the American Constitution. New York: Macmillan, 1986.
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