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Function of Juries & Jury Nullification | 16 Jan 2013

-Rep. Gregory Files Bill on Jurors’ Rights (Georgia)

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Note: While FIJA national does not take any position regarding any piece of legislation, we do track legislation that is relevant to our educational mission.

News of the jurors’ rights bill we are tracking in Georgia is now being reported in the local media. From The Marietta Daily Journal:

Rep. Gregory Files Bill on Jurors’ Rights

As a juror, it is your duty to protect our citizens by sending criminals to jail; however, if you believe the defendant is being prosecuted under an unjust law, you have the right, and the constitutional and moral obligation to protect the defendant from tyrannical government and acquit,” Gregory said.

The freshman lawmaker described the procedure as a powerful, under-utilized final check-and-balance measure that citizens have against the arbitrary exercise of power “from an out-of-control government.”

As a juror, it is your duty to protect our citizens by sending criminals to jail; however, if you believe the defendant is being prosecuted under an unjust law, you have the right, and the constitutional and moral obligation to protect the defendant from tyrannical government and acquit,” Gregory said.

The freshman lawmaker described the procedure as a powerful, under-utilized final check-and-balance measure that citizens have against the arbitrary exercise of power “from an out-of-control government.”

We are very proud of our activists who have been educating everyone in Georgia regarding their power when serving as jurors to protect everyone’s human rights by refusing to rubber stamp malicious prosecutions and by refusing to enforce unjust laws. Thank you for your hard work!

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