So read the headlines announcing the end of jury selection for the latest murder trial to obsess the nation. Six women will decide whether George Zimmerman acted in self-defense in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. But, what does it say that the "all women jury" was the lead story? As a legal matter, it means little. The Constitution only guarantees a fair cross section of the community in the jury venire meaning the entire jury pool. Since both men and women were in the larger jury selection group, the ultimate composition of the final jury of all women does not raise any constitutional concerns.
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Skip to main navigation. Federal courts hear cases involving the constitutionality of a law, cases involving the laws and treaties of the U. The federal judiciary operates separately from the executive and legislative branches, but often works with them as the Constitution requires. Federal laws are passed by Congress and signed by the President. The judicial branch decides the constitutionality of federal laws and resolves other disputes about federal laws. Courts decide what really happened and what should be done about it. They decide whether a person committed a crime and what the punishment should be.
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The juries in Teen Court are made up of trained high school volunteers, along with defendants who have previously been required to serve jury duty as a part of their sentence. All volunteers are trained by members of the local Bar association and court personnel. In contrast to other courts, Teen Court mandates that all defendants serve as jurors from Two to Twelve evenings at future Teen Court cases.
Eyder Peralta. Krishnadev Calamur. Police guard the Ferguson police department as rioting erupts following the grand jury announcement in the Michael Brown case on Monday in Ferguson, Mo. After sitting through hours of testimony and reading through thousands of pages of documents, a grand jury decided that there was not enough probable cause to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed year-old.