Pernell v. Southall Realty
416 U.S. 363 (1974)

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Pernell v. Southall Realty, 416 U.S. 363 (1974)

Pernell v. Southall Realty

No. 72-6041

Argued February 19, 1974

Decided April 24, 1974

416 U.S. 363


Since the right to recover possession of real property was a right ascertained and protected at common law, the Seventh Amendment of the Constitution entitles either party to demand a jury trial in an action to recover possession of real property in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia under § 16-1501 of the District of Columbia Code. Pp. 416 U. S. 369-385.

294 A.2d 490, reversed and remanded.

MARSHALL, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which BRENNAN, STEWART, WHITE, BLACKMUN, POWELL, and REHNQUIST, JJ., joined. BURGER, C.J., and DOUGLAS, J., concurred in the result.

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