Does Amendment Seven give you the right to a trial by an impartial jury during a civil suit? I ask this because my respected Government and Economics Teacher posed this question, or one much like it, on a quiz:
I feel that this is a civil case-- it says that Garth Brooks is taking Dr. Dre to court. Teacher says it is a criminal case-- smashing the guitars is vandalism.
Teacher says it doesn’t really matter which it is-- it is clearly dealing with the right to an impartial jury, covered by the Sixth Amendment. I, however, feel that the Sixth Amendment only applies to Criminal cases, which I feel this is not. I feel also that the Seventh Amendment, which applies only to Civil cases, also affirms with the right to an impartial jury, by refering back to the Sixth Amendment. Thus, this case would come under the Seventh Amendment.
Law folks, who is right? If I’m right, I promise not to shove it in Respected Gov’t and Economics Teacher’s face. If you convince me I’m wrong (and I’d like to be convinced-- it’s easier on me if I’m on the same wavelength as my teacher) I’ll eat crow.