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Seventh Amendment
of the U.S. Constitution


Many believe our traditional dependence on a standard jury promised by the Seventh Amendment needs adjustment to deal with a more complex, more specialized world.
  guarantees the right to jury trial in certain civil trials
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Many believe our traditional dependence on a standard jury promised by the Seventh Amendment needs adjustment to deal with a more complex, more specialized world. For example, the 900 million dollar Memorex vs. IBM antitrust trial saw 87 witnesses and thousands of exhibits over 96 days. The jury deliberated 19 days and could not reach a unanimous verdict. The judge asked jurors questions and concluded they were confused.

Some judges have insisted that complex trials be decided by a judge based on a footnote in the 1970 U.S. Supreme Court case Ross v. Bernhard which referenced "the practical abilities and limitations of juries."
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Seventh Amendment , First Amendment [6] , Eighth Amendment [8] , Fifth Amendment [8] , Fourth Amendment [9] , Second Amendment [9]
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