Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: The History of Jury Trials in the United States

The History of Jury Trials in the United States

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) discussed the history behind jury trials and an independent judiciary.

Description

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) discussed the history behind jury trials and an independent judiciary.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • Where did the idea of jury trials come from?
  • Why were jury trials so important to the founders of the United States?
  • According to Senator Whitehouse, what are advantage to using juries?
  • How do jury trials limit the power of the government and protect individual rights?

Additional Resource

Participants

Vocabulary

  • Independent Judiciary
  • Individual Rights
  • Juror
  • Jury Tampering
  • Jury Trials
  • Justice

Topics

Constitutional FoundationCriminal Law & Justice

Grades

High SchoolUniversity