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Jury Nullification | 19 Sep 2012

Jury Clears NH Man of Felony Pot Charge


Nearly a week after the fact, the New Hampshire Union Leader is finally reporting on last week’s jury nullification in Doug Darrell’s case:

Jury clears NH man of felony pot charge

A Belknap County Superior Court jury cleared a Barnstead resident of a felony drug charge last week, siding with a defense lawyer who encouraged the jury to nullify the verdict on the grounds that the marijuana use was part of his Rastafarian religion.

The decision on Thursday cleared Doug Darrell, 59, a piano tuner and woodworker, of manufacture of marijuana, a Class B felony that carries a maximum prison sentence of 3 1/2 to seven years.

Under the principle of jury nullification, a jury can find a defendant innocent, even if prosecutors have proved guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Juror Cathleen Converse of Barnstead said several members of the jury were uncomfortable with the case.

“Mr. Darrell seemed to be the only victim here,” said Converse, a retiree who moved to New Hampshire in 2004 from South Carolina. “Almost everyone said this just shouldn’t have happened to these peaceful people.”

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Yahoo! News has also posted the story from PR Web.
New Hampshire Jury Nullifies its First Felony Marijuana Case

We have documented earlier coverage of this case here and here.