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The Anabaptist Conscience and Religious Exemption to Jury Service


Michael Hatfield


University of Washington - School of Law

January 27, 2010

New York University Annual Survey of American Law, Vol. 65, No. 2, p. 269, 2009
Texas Tech Law School Research Paper No. 2010-13

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This Article develops a proposed framework for a religious exemption to jury service. Part I provides the background regarding why and how juries are impaneled. Part II describes the Anabaptist [Amish, Mennonite, Brethren, and Hutterite] world view in which jury service is inherently inconsistent with religious principles. Part III argues for a constitutional guarantee of a religious exemption from jury service. Part IV provides a proposal for categorical exclusion of conscientious objectors to jury service.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 56

Keywords: religion, law, jury, conscientious objection, voir dire, free speech, free exercise, Constitution, Reynolds, Sherbert, Smith, Hialeah, Amish, Mennonite, Brethren, Hutterite, Quaker, Sermon on the Mount, Protestant Reformation, Swiss Brethren, military exemption, persecution, peremptory challenge

JEL Classification: K10, K19, K40, K41, K49

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Date posted: January 27, 2010 ; Last revised: May 11, 2010

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Hatfield, Michael, The Anabaptist Conscience and Religious Exemption to Jury Service (January 27, 2010). New York University Annual Survey of American Law, Vol. 65, No. 2, p. 269, 2009; Texas Tech Law School Research Paper No. 2010-13. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1543419

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