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Bill would limit right to jury trial for DUI defendants

• AP

A bill approved by the Arizona Legislature would end the flat right that misdemeanor DUI defendants now have under state law to a jury trial for a first offense.

The legislator who sponsored the bill called the jury change reasonable because other changes in the bill ease potential penalties for first-time DUI offenders, while a defense attorney called the jury change an "appalling" loss of a protection for defendants.

With the change, a judge would decide whether to grant a request for a jury trial. The alternative is for a judge to hear the case. People charged with repeat offenses still would have a right to a jury trial.
Arizona CONstitution (toilet paper)

23. Trial by jury; number of jurors specified by law

Section 23. The right of trial by jury shall remain inviolate. Juries in criminal cases in which a sentence of death or imprisonment for thirty years or more is authorized by law shall consist of twelve persons. In all criminal cases the unanimous consent of the jurors shall be necessary to render a verdict. In all other cases, the number of jurors, not less than six, and the number required to render a verdict, shall be specified by law.


24. Rights of accused in criminal prosecutions

Section 24. In criminal prosecutions, the accused shall have the right to ... have a speedy public trial by an impartial jury of the county in which the offense is alleged to have been committed, ....

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Comment by Joe Tittiger
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So much for a jury trial being a right. Now its a permission granted to you by the state.  How many other things have they discontinued jury trials for? 

How about the entire family law system? They routinely take your child now without a jury trial.  G0 along with this and ALL jury trials will disappear.

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