Why Are There 12 People on a Jury?

From Origin Of Everything.

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When picturing a jury, you probably imagine 12 people – no more, no less. But did you know there is no hard and fast rule about how many members are required on a jury? Today, Danielle looks at the differences between petit and grand juries and the historical accidents that have lead many to believe that juries MUST have twelve members.

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