Seventh Amendment

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Seventh Amendment-Trail by Jury

In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed $20, the right of trail by jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of common law.

Historical Backround and Origin

In 1791, $20 was worth 40 days of hard work and this was included to make sure cases don't appear in numerous courts and 1 person doesn't get different trails from different places. When Britain limited colonists to trail by jury, the colonists did every thing they could to get there rights back. Amendment seven means that your trail may exceed when it comes to money but once the case is decided, it will not appear in anther court. For example, $20 is a lot of work and right now it would be about $3000-7000. Your court case would probably be more than this as it says in the bill of rights. When your in court and you are arguing if your sued and you have to go to jail for 10 months and 5 years later somewhere else, you get sued for the same case then you will be able to defend yourself because amendment 7 states...once a case is decided, it will not appear in another court in the U.S.

Supreme Court Case

Crowell vs. Benson(1932)- A worker sued his non-government employer for compensation. The ruling suggested that Congress had the power to create new forums. The employer had broken several federal laws and this was reviewed in 2 courts which wasn't fair so some appeals of the employer got nullified as a amendment from the bill of rights had been broken. The supreme courts decision was to sentence the man to 2 1/2 yeas of jail because the employer had broken several laws but, the 7th amendment was broken for him and so his sentence was reduced.
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