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Ballew v. Georgia
United States Supreme Court
435 U.S. 223 (1978)
Claude Davis Ballew (defendant) managed an adult theater. Ballew was charged with distribution of obscene materials. At trial, the court empaneled a jury of five people, as was its custom for misdemeanor cases. Ballew objected and moved the court to use a 12-person jury. The trial court denied the motion, and the jury convicted Ballew.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Blackmun, J)
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