@sesamestreet Today is most definitely brought to you by the number 12.
The precise wellspring of the twelve-person jury is somewhat uncertain. Although the issue has been studied and debated for more than a century, there is still no agreement about it. Scholars have traced the origins to sources as diverse as ancient Greece, the Roman Conquest, the Biblical importance of the number twelve, ancient reliance on court astrologers, the Anglo-Saxon era in England, the Norman Conquest, the Assize of Clarendon, and the Magna Carta. Some explanations are more convincing than others, but if one heeds the words of Sir Edmund Burke—that modern juries have not "jumped, like Minerva, out of the head of Jove in complete armor,"—one finds more than sufficient evidence to conclude that the evolution of the modern jury as a body of twelve-persons was far from accidental.
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