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Jury Nullification | 18 Oct 2012

NJWeedman Jury Now Deliberating Pot Distribution Case

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We have an update on the Ed Forchion case, in which Mr. Forchion attempted to argue jury nullification before his jurors. Mr. Forchion’s comments during closing arguments were shut down by the judge, and the case is now in the hands of the jury.

NJWeedman Jury Now Deliberating Pot Distribution Case

Ed Forchion, formerly of Pemberton Township, tried to introduce his jury nullification argument into the closing, but was quickly stopped by Superior Court Judge Charles Delehey, who had barred any discussion of it.

Forchion began verbally sparring with Delehey, who then ordered the jury out of the room and told the defendant he would be held in contempt if he continued to ignore the court’s orders.

“If you want to make a martyr of yourself, the court will deal with you,” the judge said. “You’ve done everything you can to disrupt this trial.”

Jury nullification would allow the jurors to disregard the law they were ordered to follow in considering the case and acquit a defendant, no matter what the evidence, in effect nullifying or invalidating the law.

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