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Archive for February, 2014

Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 25 Feb 2014

-Jury Nullification Must Check Abusive Prosecutor Nullification

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I came across this scholarly paper in the Washington and Lee Law Review as I was looking for information on how many judges come from a prosecutorial background. While it doesn’t answer that question, it does address another important point that we as jury nullification advocates should be making. Often it is claimed that if […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 25 Feb 2014

-Judges on Trial: Why Juries Are Crucial to Justice

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William Grigg reports on this gross miscarriage of justice, with the first ruling coming from a judge in a bench trial and the second ruling backing him up coming from another judge of the Arizona Appeals Court. Support Your Local Slave Patrol Phyllis Bear, a convenience store clerk from Arizona, called the police after a […]

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FIJA Calendar &Jury Nullification | 24 Feb 2014

-Derek Brommerich to Speak on the Power of the Individual Juror

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Derek Brommerich, of The Derek Brommerich Show podcast will speak on the power of the individual juror March 18, 2014 at 11:00 am for the Kiwanis Club at Culvers 4004 Silver Lake Rd. St. Anthony, MN Many thanks to Derek, who is driving quite a ways to give this talk about the power of the […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice | 21 Feb 2014

-Jury Refuses to Ruin Teen’s Life Over Tasteless Joke

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After just 45 minutes of deliberations, a jury today refused to ruin a teen’s life over his tasteless joke. North Attleboro High student found innocent in school threat trial Patrick Skrabec, who spent six days in jail over the Christmas holiday after his arrest, was found innocent of threatening to commit a crime and disturbing […]

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Jury Nullification | 21 Feb 2014

-The ‘Crime’ of Having a Hidden Compartment in Your Car

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No drugs? No problem! Cops in several states already can or hope soon to be able to arrest you simply for HAVING EMPTY SPACE in the car where you MIGHT be able to hide drugs EVEN IF YOU HAVEN’T! The ‘Crime’ of Having a Hidden Compartment in Your Car Last fall, Ohio state troopers pulled […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 18 Feb 2014

-Are Unjust Laws Enforceable? Understanding Jury Nullification

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With the introduction of New Hampshire’s HB 1452 in the legislature this year, jury nullification is once again in the news in New Hampshire. Jeff Woodburn discusses it in the March edition of New Hampshire Magazine. Understanding Jury Nullification The times are changing. Polls consistently show a growing majority of people support marijuana legalization. The […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 18 Feb 2014

-Misinformation in “Jury Nullification: The Law You Won’t Be Told”

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While we’re happy to see a video on jury nullification getting lots of views, it unfortunately contains some incorrect and misleading information, which we will address here: 1. “A video, such as this one, simply acknowledging the existence of jury nullification and in no way advocating it is totally okay… So why can’t you do […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 18 Feb 2014

-Disabled Vet Seeks Jury Nullification in Medical Marijuana Case

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We’ve previously brought you news of the Bellingham 3 in the state of Washington who are being prosecuted for offenses related to providing medical marijuana. Even though Washington has since legalized marijuana even for recreational use, they are still being legally pursued by prosecutors. Their case is coming up in April. Across the country, there […]

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Function of Juries &History of Jury Nullification &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 17 Feb 2014

-Jury Nullification and the Rescue of Shadrach Minkins

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Now that we all know that fugitive slaves themselves were not freed by juries, but rather those who helped rescue them and were subsequently charged under the Fugitive Slave Act, let’s delve into the actual rescue of Shadrach Minkins. The Fugitive Slave Act was a critical part of the Compromise of 1850, designed to maintain […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 15 Feb 2014

-If You Learn One Thing About Jury Nullification Today, It Should Be This

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Today is an important anniversary in the history of jury nullification. On this day in 1851, on a rainy Saturday morning, federal agents stalked and arrested alleged fugitive Shadrach Minkins, who was at the time working at the Cornhill Coffee House in Boston, Massachusetts. Minkins’ arrest came just a few months after passage of the […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 11 Feb 2014

-Gun Control Advocate Arrested for Gun Offense to Go Before a Jury

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Gun control advocate Dwayne Ferguson is facing two felony charges of criminal gun possession after being discovered in possession of a holstered firearm during a lockdown at Harvey Austin Elementary School. Ferguson, of Buffalo, New York, is well-known locally for his efforts in pushing for the post-Sandy Hook passage of New York’s SAFE Act, bumping […]

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Function of Juries | 10 Feb 2014

-Prosecutor Chummy with Government Chemist Who Tampered with Evidence

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There is no shortage of evidence that prosecutors are not looking for the truth, but rather for the convictions they depend on for career advancement. This article about a massive evidence-tampering scandal uncovered last year at the Hinton Lab in Jamaica Plain in Massachusetts reveals one prosecutor’s chummy relationship with the government chemist who delivered […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 07 Feb 2014

-Guilty on Lesser-Included Charges Can Be a Form of Jury Nullification

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A group of activists known as the NATO 3, after facing 40 years in prison each for a largely government-manufactured plot, have now been acquitted by jurors of the more serious terrorism charges levied against them by prosecutors in the first use of several of Illinois’ version of the USA PATRIOT Act, hastily-passed after 9/11. […]

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Jury Nullification | 03 Feb 2014

-Jurors Can Exercise the Power of Pardon with Jury Nullification

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Jesse Webster, with no prior criminal record, was convicted of conspiring to distribute cocaine. Due to mandatory minimums, he was sentenced to life without parole. Judge James Zagel thought the mandatory minimum was too harsh-20 years or so was what he would have sentenced this man to for a first-time, victimless offense. Now the U.S. […]

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