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Archive for April, 2014

Function of Juries &Jury Nullification &Sixth Amendment | 30 Apr 2014

-Arizona Court of Appeals Ruling Protects Trial by Jury

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The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution is very clear: we have the right to trial by jury in ALL criminal cases. Nonetheless, this very explicit guarantee is routinely ignored by courts across the United States, with charges punishable by nearly six months incarceration often decided unilaterally by a judge. Last week, the Arizona […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 25 Apr 2014

-Supreme Court to Consider Revisiting Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts

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Law professor Eugene Volokh, of the Volokh Conspiracy, reports that the case of Jackson v. Louisiana is on the Supreme Court’s conference list for today. Jackson v. Louisiana is the latest of several cases in recent years calling upon the Supreme Court to revisit its 1972 rulings in Apodaca v. Oregon and Johnson v. Louisiana, […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 23 Apr 2014

-Jurors Say ‘No’ to Testifying Down

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One of the justifications offered for plea bargaining is that it allows prosecutors to engage lesser offenders in the pursuit of convicting more serious offenders. However, it doesn’t always work that way. Often it is just a matter of who caved first and gave up their right to trial by jury in exchange for a […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 22 Apr 2014

-Prosecutor Nullification vs. Jury Nullification

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When the topic of jury nullification comes up in the public discourse, it is not too long before the alarmist cry of “But it will lead to anarchy, chaos, lawlessness!” is raised. Such was the case, for example, in an editorial ominously titled “The Dangers of Jury Nullification” published earlier this year by The Chicago […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 21 Apr 2014

-Jury Nullification Can Protect Second Amendment Rights

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As the deadline for registration of certain items under the SAFE Act in New York has passed, Forbes magazine reports there may be as many as a million newly-defined “criminals” in New York, in addition to perhaps 300,000 fictionally created by law in Connecticut at the end of last year. As Many As One Million […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 19 Apr 2014

-Tallahassee Paper Supports Unanimous Jury Verdicts for Death Sentences

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While Florida requires a unanimous vote of jurors to convict a defendant of a death-eligible, capital offense, (a) the jurors’ role in determining whether the defendant is put to death or sentenced to life without parole is only ADVISORY and can be overruled by a single judge, and (b) that recommendation is made based on […]

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FIJActivist &Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 16 Apr 2014

-FIJA Educates Future Jurors at Florida Liberty Summit

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Florida State Contact Bill Hickman represented FIJA at the Florida Liberty Summit held in Orlando, Florida from 4-6 April 2014. Hosted by the Florida Campaign for Liberty, this year’s event featured as keynote speaker Dr. Ron Paul, who has been an outspoken jury nullification educator. Hickman estimates that about 200 potential jurors picked up information […]

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Jury Nullification | 15 Apr 2014

-New FIJA Facebook Page

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There has long been a Facebook page set up in our name, to which we have been pointing people. The problem is that it hasn’t been very useful. We assume it was started by an enthusiastic supporter several years ago, but we haven’t been able to contact them to get admin access to the page. […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 15 Apr 2014

-Alaska Jury Nullification Bill Won’t Move this Session

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Alaska’s jury nullification bill had a hearing before the House Judiciary committee yesterday. According to the Fairbanks Daily Miner, it will not be voted on this session. The article mislabels the bill as HB 316. The jury nullification bill is HB 315. Jury nullification bill won’t move this session Advocates of jury nullification did their […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 14 Apr 2014

-Jury Nullification Outreach in Bellingham, Washington

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Juror education activists have been out several times already this year in Bellingham, Washington and elsewhere around the state to teach everyone about the power jurors have that prosecutors and judges don’t want them to know about. This video features several folks who have been doing juror education in front of the Whatcom County Courthouse […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice | 14 Apr 2014

-Jury Acquits Former Firefighter of Weapons-Related Charges

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Former South Jersey firefighter Sam McGraw faced a 5-year prison sentence for victimless offenses related to defensively carrying a shotgun as he went outside to investigate suspicious activity that led him to fear for his family’s safety. Rather than burglars, the intruders turned out to be police Former Firefighter Acquitted After Mistaking Police for Burglars […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 13 Apr 2014

-New Jersey 4/20 Smoke Out Highlights Jury Nullification

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We received the below press release from Ed “NJWeedman” Forchion regarding an upcoming event on April 20 at the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton, NJ. Jawara McIntosh, aka Tosh1, will join Ed at the NJ420 Rally calling attention to various issues surrounding marijuana law and enforcement in New Jersey, including jurors’ right to exercise jury […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 13 Apr 2014

-Jury Nullification Can Veto Prison Profiteering

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An article in the Republic Report comments on the curious nature of lobbying being done by for-profit prison interests that profit from captive labor forced to work FAR below market wages. Are Prison Labor Companies Lobbying to Keep Prisoners in Jail for Nonviolent Offenses? In recent months, a broad, cross-ideological coalition has pressed forward to […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 11 Apr 2014

-Judges Okay Juror Intent on Convicting before Hearing Evidence

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Judge Seated Juror Who Declared Defendant Guilty Before Trial Jose Felipe Velasco insists Orange County Judge David A. Hoffer cheated him out of a fair trial by placing a juror on the supposedly neutral citizen’s panel after she repeatedly declared the defendant guilty before hearing any evidence. Velasco, who is serving a prison term of […]

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Function of Juries | 10 Apr 2014

-Occupy St. Louis Protester Acquitted

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Occupy St. Louis protester acquitted of assault after alleging police brutality An Occupy St. Louis protester, Scott O’Rourke, was acquitted Wednesday of assaulting a police officer after raising claims that it was in fact the officer who had beat him. It is the third acquittal of an Occupy protester on assault charges. Two prior defendants […]

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