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n. an equal. A "jury of one's peers," to which criminal defendants are constitutionally entitled, means an impartial group of citizens from the judicial district (e.g. county) in which the defendant lives. It does not mean a jury ethnically, educationally, economically, or sexually the same as the defendant, although, in some jurisdictions attempts are made to meet those criteria. (See: jury of one's peers)

peer

originally a person with a right to be summoned to Parliament and a hereditary right for his heirs to be so summoned, now created by letters-patent. Disputes as to entitlement are made to the House of Lords on the advice of the Committee for Privileges. The order of precedence is dukes, marquesses, earls, viscounts and barons. As a result of reforms to the House of Lords in 1999 there are only 92 hereditary peers remaining pending further reform.

PEER. Equal. A man's peers are his equals. A man is to be tried by his peers.
     2. In England and some other countries, this is a title of nobility; as, peers of the realm. In the United States, this equality is not so much political as civil. A man who is not a citizen, is nevertheless to be tried by citizens.

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After a year-and-a-half of operation, the company has yet to replace a single Peerless window because of performance issues related to the InstantGlaze sealant.
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The truth is that the British cars produced between 1958 and 1962 had no direct commercial link with the cars made by the American Peerless company in the USA from 1900 to 1931.
In a demolition, if the owner will build the new structure for its own use, Peerless would dictate that the lease termination fee is deductible over the cancelled lease's remaining life, and not added to the new building's basis.
Louis Post-Dispatch, Dale Behnen, co-owner of Peerless Landfill, recounted the company's seven-year struggle to convince others, including state transportation officials and paving contractors, of the viability of using the shingles in the highway environment.
Sisler hit for average, he hit for power, ran like a deer, batted in runs, and was a peerless first baseman.
Higgins for two decades has helped CPA firms use technology to improve their efficiency and boost profitability; Cooper-known widely for her exposure of fraud at WorldCom--established a consulting practice to advise companies on corporate governance and ethics; and Zydeck, as CFO of Peerless Steel, championed a Lifo to Fifo inventory-method conversion that saved the company millions of dollars in federal taxes.
The CFO of Peerless Steel Co., Zydeck was noted for his "contributions to advancing the use of technology in accounting."
Its Geoff Lawson design centre is world class and with renowned designer Ian Callum at the helm of a team which is regarded as peerless.
The contract, which includes migrating the National Guard's current MCI-provided ATM services to the government-grade Sprint peerless IP Network, is valued at $18 million in equipment and services its first year; total contract value with options is estimated at $36 million over five years.
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