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Duncan v. Louisiana
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Duncan v. Louisiana
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The Louisiana Constitution granted jury trials only in cases in which capital punishment or imprisonment at hard labor could be imposed. Defendant faced a crime punishable by two years imprisonment and a $300.00 fine. He sought trial by jury but the request was denied. He was convicted of simple battery and sentenced to serve sixty days and pay a $150.00 fine. The Supreme Court of Louisiana denied his writ of certiorari because the Louisiana Constitution allowed the state to deny a jury trial.
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