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Jury Nullification | 14 Jan 2013

-Nullification: An Overview of Its Many Forms


The Tenth Amendment Center defines nullification as “any act, or set of actions, that results in a particular law being declared unconstitutional and rendered null, void or even just unenforceable…” The following article provides an overview of five forms nullification may take. We excerpt the passage on jury nullification here, but you can click through to read the entire article.

Nullification: An Overview of its Many Forms

Jury nullification gives the accused in a case the opportunity to override an unjust law by appealing to the jury to judge not just the evidence, but the law itself. In cases where an individual’s back is up against the wall, it is a very important tool to have in one’s arsenal. This is true even when a judge forbids the use of such an appeal, as happened in the “NJ Weedman” case. A large part of the success of jury nullification depends greatly upon jurors knowing ahead of time about it, as it is likely judges will try to use the same tactic of forbidding appeals to it. Another part of the success of jury nullification depends on actually getting a trial, which disqualifies it as a tool against the NDAA, which provides for indefinite detention without trial, or ObamaCare, which imposes fines and jail time without trial.