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FIJA in the News & Function of Juries & Jury Nullification | 22 Jan 2014

-Jury Nullification: Another Path to ‘Not Guilty’

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Jury BoxThank you to the Wall Street Journal‘s Ashby Jones for this informative article about jury nullification, focusing on New Hampshire’s HB 1452 which was recently introduced in the New Hampshire legislature. HB 1452 “requires the court to give an instruction to the jury regarding jury nullification and requires the court to declare a mistrial if the instruction is not given to the jury.”

Another Path to ‘Not Guilty’
New Hampshire Looks to Ensure Juries Are Informed of the ‘Nullification’ Principle

Not all juries are created equal. These days, nowhere is that clearer than in New Hampshire.

A bill introduced earlier this month in the Granite State’s House of Representatives would require judges to tell juries in every criminal case that they are free to exercise a long-standing but controversial power called “nullification.” That means jurors can vote to acquit defendants not only if they have reasonable doubt of guilt, but also if they simply don’t agree with the underlying law.

Just a quick clarification on the author’s comments about FIJA:

In recent years, libertarian activists—namely a Montana group called the Fully Informed Jury Association—have lobbied statehouses on the issue, pushing them to enact laws ensuring juries are informed of their nullification powers. A number of states, including Montana, Iowa, Alaska and Tennessee, have considered bills to expand the practice.

“There’s movement on this issue, and we’re thrilled about it,” said Kirsten Tynan, the organization’s executive director. “The prisons are filled, and too many people are going away for small crimes, victimless crimes. Juries need to know they can put an end to this.”

FIJA national is a strictly educational outreach organization, which does not do any lobbying. We neither support nor oppose any piece of legislation, candidate, or political party. FIJA volunteers at state and local levels are free to engage in activity as they see fit, and many have written, sponsored, or supported fully informed jury legislation in their communities. Additionally, we are not “libertarian activists”. We are juror education activists, and have activists and supporters from across the political spectrum.

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