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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 peaceable assembly; 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 responsibility; 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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