Core Rights Of Accused At Issue In High Court’s New Term

October 7, 2019

In addition to deciding cases that involve major political and social issues such as immigration policy, marriage equality and gerrymandering, the U.S. Supreme Court also sits as the ultimate arbiter of constitutional criminal procedure and substantive federal criminal law. In this article, we look at a few of the cases in the upcoming Supreme Court term — October Term 2019 — that we expect will impact the core rights of the accused in our criminal justice system.

Is a unanimous jury required for a criminal conviction? Is the insanity defense required under the U.S. Constitution? How will the death penalty be applied? Between now and June 2020, these questions will be answered, and the answers will bind the courts in all fifty states.

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