In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Really, you want us to draw a jury for a $20 civil municipal case. It is important to know the value of a dollar. Back in colonial days $20 was a lot of money. A $20 piece of currency in 1800 is worth $356 today. The gold alone in a $20 gold piece is probably worth over $1,200 alone. So as you can see the monetary values have an effect on what is reasonable when considering drawing a jury. However, you are still entitled to a jury trial in a civil case if the case is federal, not local. A good illustration is the OJ Simpson trial not the criminal but the civil, he got a jury.
Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Due process! If you run a red light and hit and kill someone you are going to get more due process than you can handle. Ms. Kowlonski ran a red light and killed Mr. Clark and crippled his passenger for life at the corner of Green Oaks and Cooper. Both were 21 yrs. of age. She was caught on a RLC and is doing 28 yrs. in a federal prison.
7th Circuit Idris “It is enough to say that photographs are at least as reliable as live testimony, that the due process clause allows administrative decisions to be made on paper (or Photographic) records without regard to the hearsay rule. And that the procedures Chicago uses are functionally identical to those it uses to adjudicate parking tickets, a system sustained in Van Harkin v. Chicago.” “substantive due process depends on the existence of a fundamental liberty interest, and no one has a fundamental right to run a red light or avoid being seen by a camera on a public street.”
6th Circuit Mendenhall “The Akron ordinance as well as its implementation, satisfies due process concerns. First the ordinance provides for notice. Second the ordinance provides for a hearing. Third a record is taken at the hearing and Fourth the ordinance provides for the right of appeal to the Common Pleas Court…on an adverse decision.”
Conclusions: We have discussed the 4th 5th 6th 7th and 14th amendments and we have learned through these precedent setting decisions that no Constitutional Rights are being violated with the use of RLC’s. I have given you decisions from the Supreme Court, the 5th 6th 7th Circuit Courts and Texas State Law. So it is important to realize that those people screaming about their Constitutional Rights being violated are all wasting their collective breath. These are simply lies. To them a goat simply has 5 legs.