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Constitution Monday: Civil Suits

Here is the Seventh Amendment in the Bill of Rights:

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Twenty dollars was worth more then than now, but still not a fortune. I’m not sure why the Founders set the bar so low. Any ideas?

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