Case Analysis : Benton V. Maryland Essay

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Not many cases are reviewed by the Supreme Court, but those that do often pertain to the Incorporation Doctrine, a unique concept that has many reeling with contradicting opinions. One in particular dealt with a certain amendment which, to this day, is only partially incorporated into this said concept.
Benton v. Maryland was a Supreme Court decision that included the Fourteenth Amendment, often referred to as the Incorporation Doctrine. The case included a man named John Benton, and in 1965, Benton was in a state court of Maryland, facing trial for burglary and larceny. The State Court established that he was “innocent of larceny” (Benton v. Maryland - Significance) but guilty if burglary. Because of this, Benton was convicted and sentenced to ten years in prison. Unfortunately, sometime after his conviction, the Maryland Courts of Appeal “struck down a law [that] requir[ed] jurors to swear to their belief in the existence of God” (Benton v. Maryland - Significance). This caused Benton’s conviction to be remanded “due to improper jury selection” (Benton v. Maryland - Significance) and granted him the opportunity to have a new trial. He “chose to have his conviction set aside and was reindicted by a legally constituted grand jury” (Benton v. State). On the second trial, the jury found him guilty for not one but both offenses and he was sentenced to “fifteen years in prison for burglary and five… for larceny” (Benton v. Maryland - Significance).
After this, Benton went to…

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