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Blanton v. City of North Las Vegas

489 U.S. 538 (1989)

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Blanton v. City of North Las Vegas

United States Supreme Court

489 U.S. 538 (1989)

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Facts

Melvin Blanton and Mark Fraley (defendants) both faced charges for driving under the influence (DUI). The trial court denied both their requests for jury trials, and both appealed. The appellate court granted Blanton’s request for a jury trial but denied Fraley’s a month later. The Nevada Supreme Court consolidated the cases and concluded that the Sixth Amendment did not guarantee a right to a jury trial for DUI offenses because the maximum penalty did not exceed six months and the maximum fine was $1,000. The United States Supreme Court granted review.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Marshall, J.)

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