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FIJA in the News & Jurors Doing Justice & Jury Nullification | 27 Dec 2010

Missoula Jury Pool Refuses to Convict


Recently, the Missoulian reported on the inability of a Missoula, Montana court even to seat a jury due to the jurors’ indications during voir dire that they would not convict a defendant of the entirely victimless act of possession of 1/16th of an ounce of marijuana. Several members of the jury pool expressed their disapproval of taxpayer dollars being wasted on such a matter in the first place. This led to a break in court proceedings during which the prosecutor offered the defendant a plea deal in which he didn’t even have to admit guilt in the matter. FIJA applauds the jury pool in their steadfast refusal to enforce bad law.

This case has been getting a lot of attention across the country. We ask that FIJA activists use this opportunity to educate their neighbors about the right and responsibility of the juror to refuse to convict any harmless person who is being tried under unfair or unfairly applied law. Please take a few minutes to write a letter to the editor or post some comments- or both!- so that the readers of any of the following publications have the opportunity to learn about jury nullification. Remember to mention fija.org/aie653l so that readers can easily find more information. Check back to this post as we will be updating it as we turn up more stories. If you see a story that has not been listed here, please e-mail us with the link. And please send us a copy of your letter to the editor. It might be featured on our blog or in our newsletter.

Update 3:
Marijuana: The power of jurors, Missoula Independent, 30 December 2010
Missoula’s “marijuana mutiny” reverberates , Missoula Independent, 23 December 2010
Montana Jurors Raise Hopes of Marijuana Advocates, The New York Times, 23 December 2010
Montana Jury Lights a Fire Under Pro-Pot Cause, NewsMax.com, 23 December 2010
Montana jurors raise hopes of marijuana advocates, San Jose Mercury News, 22 December 2010
Potential Jurors in Montana Refuse to Convict Anyone for Marijuana, High Times, 20 December 2010
Potential Jury Nullifies Law Before Even Being Seated, Eliminating Drug Trial, ABA Journal, 20 December 2010
Potential Mont. jurors stage ‘mutiny’ in pot case, KULR 8, 20 December 2010
Potential Mont. jurors stage ‘mutiny’ in pot case, Beaumont Enterprise, 19 December 2010

Update 2:
Court stunned by ‘mutiny’ from jury pool over marijuana case, USA Today, 22 December 2010
Montana Jury Pool Stages ‘Mutiny’ Over Pot Possession Charge, TPMMuckraker, 22 December 2010
Potential Jurors Staged “Mutiny” Over Marijuana Case, NBC Montana, 19 December 2010
Montana Jury Stages ‘Mutiny’ In Marijuana Case, The Huffington Post, 22 December 2010
Angry Jurors Refuse to Convict in Marijuana Case, StopTheDrugWar.org, 20 December 2010
Jury ‘Mutiny’ in Montana Sets New Precedent for Marijuana Law Reform, The Daily Show Forum, 20 December 2010
Montana Jurors Just Say No to a Penny-Ante Pot Case, Reason Online, 21 December 2010
Montana Jury Stages “Mutiny” Over Marijuana Charge, Slate, 20 December 2010
Missoula District Court: Jury pool in marijuana case stages ‘mutiny’, Billings Gazette, 19 December 2010

Update 1:
Montana jurors tell judge: Little pot no big deal, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 26 December 2010
‘Mutiny’ Over Pot, TheBigPictureRT, 23 December 2010
Jury Nullification, Pat Robertson, and Marijuana Prohibition, Hawai’i News Daily, 23 December 2010
Jury Mutiny and Jury Nullification San Diego ASA News Brief, San Diego Americans for Safe Access, 25 December 2010

Town can’t find jurors willing to convict in pot case, Toronto Star, 26 December 2010
“Jury Nullification” Becomes An Issue In Some Pot Cases, The Crime Report, 26 December 2010
Montana jurors refuse to convict man found with pot, Rapid City Journal, 26 December 2010
Potential Montana jurors stage ‘mutiny’ in pot case, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, 26 December 2010
Montana Mutiny – the pot shot heard ’round the weed world?, Examiner.com 25 December 2010
Juries are giving pot defendants a pass, Los Angeles Times, 24 December 2010
Missoula’s “marijuana mutiny” reverberates, Missoula Independent, 23 December 2010
Montana jurors raise hopes of marijuana advocates, Contra Costa Times, 22 December 2010
Judge finds ‘increasing’ difficulty in seating marijuana juries, The Raw Story, 22 December 2010
Just say no to drug jury duty, WashingtonExaminer.com, 22 December 2010
On the Great Montana Marijuana Mutiny, The Wall Street Journal, 22 December 2010
Can Jury Nullification End The War On Drugs?, The Atlantic, 21 December 2010
Montana jury candidates stage ‘mutiny’ over marijuana charge, Examiner.com, 20 December 2010
The Power of the People, DrugWarRant.com, 19 December 2010