Callan v. Wilson, 127 U.S. 540 (1888)
U.S. Supreme CourtCallan v. Wilson, 127 U.S. 540 (1888)
Callan v. Wilson
Argued January 18, 1888
Decided May 14, 1888
127 U.S. 540
APPEAL FROM THE SUPREME COURT
OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
The provision in Article III of the Constitution of the United States that "the trial of all crimes, except in cases of impeachment, shall be by jury" is to be construed in the light of the principles which at common law, determined whether or not a person accused of crime was entitled to be tried by a jury, and thus construed, it embraces not only felonies punishable by confinement in the penitentiary, but also some classes of misdemeanors the punishment of which may involve the deprivation of the liberty of the citizen.
The provisions in the Constitution of the United States relating to trial by jury are in force in the District of Columbia.