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Function of Juries & Jury Nullification | 10 Mar 2014

-Americans Can Protect Each Other with Jury Nullification


FIJA Logo with URLColorado state contact Alexander Daube asks:
Can Americans Protect Each Other From Abusive Laws?

We Americans are buried under a vast mountain of laws, and it is growing every year. With so many laws anyone can inadvertently violate one, falling prey to what is called “overcriminalization.” As CBN terms it in a video series titled: “Overcriminalization: Making Us a Nation of Felons?” they estimate there are around 300,000 to 400,000 rules that are federal offenses. On top of that, we have myriad state and local laws to deal with, some of them quite ludicrous.

Children can be cited for having lemonade stands without a permit; farmers can be charged with growing more crops than the government approves; and as of April 1, 2013, Coloradans can be charged with failing to perform background checks when privately selling firearms, or buying gun magazines that hold more than 15 rounds. The list of potential violations is mind-boggling. In addition, the penalties can be quite harsh, as George Norris, who spent two years in federal prison for a mere paperwork violation regarding imported flowers in his backyard nursery, can tell you. Moreover, to compound the problem even further, our government routinely passes laws, which violate the meaning and intent of the U.S. Constitution, as Judge Andrew Napolitano makes clear in his excellent book, “The Constitution in Exile.” That means Americans are being prosecuted for violating “illegal laws,” and if ever there was an oxymoron, that is it. So, what can ordinary people do to protect themselves?

Thankfully, our Founding Fathers built such protection into the Constitution by establishing trial by jury, and it is here where citizens can protect each other, even from government.

Click through for his answer in its entirety, including the built-in role of jury nullification in our right to trial by jury.