Ballew v. Georgia
Significance, Fulton County Looks Behind The Green Door, The Court's Social-science Approach
Claude Davis Ballew
State of Georgia
That a Georgia law providing for juries of only five persons was in violation of the right to trial by jury guaranteed in the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution, and that by depriving the petitioner of his rights, this law further violated the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
Leonard W. Rhodes
Justices for the Court
Harry A. Blackmun (writing for the Court), William J. Brennan, Jr., Warren E. Burger, Thurgood Marshall, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist, John Paul Stevens, Potter Stewart, Byron R. White
Date of Decision
21 March 1978
That by depriving the petitioner of his right to trial by jury, the state of Georgia had violated his Sixth and Fourteenth Amendment rights.
- Duncan v. Louisiana, 391 U.S. 145 (1968).
- Baldwin v. New York, 399 U.S. 66 (1970).
- Williams v. Florida, 399 U.S. 100 (1970).
- Johnson v. Louisiana, 406 U.S. 356 (1972).
- Apodaca v. Oregon, 406 U.S. 404 (1972).
- Colegrove v. Battin, 413 U.S. 149 (1973).
- Sanders v. Georgia, 424 U.S. 931 (1976).
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