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Function of Juries & Jury Nullification | 21 Aug 2012

Seattle Weekly Comment of the Day: Vote to Acquit!

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A comment left on another article is featured today as Seattle Weekly’s Comment of the Day. The subject? Jury nullification!

Comment of the Day: Vote to Acquit!

If you sincerely believe that prohibition is a dangerous and counter-productive policy, then you must stop helping to enforce it. You are entitled to act according to your conscience: Acquit the defendant/s if you feel that true justice requires such a result. You, the juror, have the very last word!

* It only takes one juror to prevent a guilty verdict.

* You are not lawfully required to disclose your voting intention before taking your seat on a jury.

* You are also not required to give a reason to the other jurors on your position when voting. Simply state that you find the accused not guilty!

* Jurors must understand that it is their opinion, their vote. If the Judge and the other jurors disapprove, too bad. There is no punishment for having a dissenting opinion.

We must create what we can no longer afford to wait for: PLEASE VOTE TO ACQUIT!

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