RESOLUTION BY THE STATE OF _________________ TO PROCLAIM SEPTEMBER 5, 1994, +quot;JURY RIG
RESOLUTION BY THE STATE OF
TO PROCLAIM SEPTEMBER 5, 1994,
"JURY RIGHTS DAY"
WHEREAS, 1994 is the 203rd anniversary of the Bill of Rights;
WHEREAS, September 5, 1994, marks the 324th anniversary of the day when jurors
in the William Penn trial refused to convict him for preaching Quaker doctrine,
which was then an illegal religion, to an unlawful assembly (his congregation,
gathered on a London street after having been locked out of their meeting house
by armed soldiers);
WHEREAS, The Penn jury, in refusing to convict, provided a basis for the U.S.
Constitution's First Amendment rights of freedom of speech, religion, and
WHEREAS, September 5 also commemorates the day when four of those jurors
began nine weeks of incarceration for finding Penn innocent, after which their
release and exoneration forever established as English and American legal doctrine
that it is the right and responsibility of the trial jury to decide both on matters of
law and fact in the case before it;
WHEREAS, the Sixth and Seventh Amendments are included in the Bill of Rights to
preserve the right of trial by jury, which in turn conveys upon the jury the
responsibility to defend all other individual rights enumerated in or implied by the
U.S. Constitution and its Amendments, along with all the rights which attend that
WHEREAS, the State of __________________________ recognizes these
rights as true and unalienable, now
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED,
that the State of ________________________ does hereby proclaim
September 5, 1994, to be "JURY RIGHTS DAY".
SIGNED THIS _______ DAY OF _____________________, 1994.
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