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Who Was Tried In The King's Court

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At the time of the Constitution, English courts were controlled by the king. That means when and how a person was tried was up to the king or someone loyal to the king. Juries were never impartial. Many times, peasant trials were presided over by lords and landowners. It was the equivalent of being tried by your accuser. If you were a penasant going to trial in the king 's court, you might as well pack your bags for jail. The framers of the Constitution wanted to make sure the abuses people suffered in the English courts never happened here.
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