Vermont Criminal Defendants Allowed to Waive Right to Jury Trial (1924)

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A Vermont Criminal Defendants Allowed to Waive Right to Jury Trial Amendment was on the 1924 ballot in Vermont as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved, becoming Article 39 of the Amendments to the Vermont Constitution.

Article 39 amended Section 10 of Chapter I of the Vermont Constitution to say:

That in all prosecutions for criminal offenses, a person hath a right to he heard by himself and his counsel; to demand the cause and nature of his accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses; to call for evidence in his favor, and a speedy public trial by an impartial jury of the country; without the unanimous consent of which jury, he cannot he found guilty; nor can he be compelled to give evidence against himself; nor can any person be justly deprived of his liberty, except by the laws of the land,: or the judgment of his peers; provided, nevertheless, in criminal prosecutions for offenses not punishable by death or imprisonment in the state prison, the accused, with the consent of the prosecuting officer entered of record, may in open court or by a writing signed by him and flied with the court, waive his right to a jury trial and submit the issue of his guilt to the determination and judgment of the Court without a Jury.

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