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Archive for April, 2015

Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 27 Apr 2015

-Texas Appeals Court Upholds Jury Instructions

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Last week we reported news of a San Antonio trial that was temporarily halted as prosecutors appealed the judge’s decision to allow the jury to consider a lesser included offense of simple assault in a case that resulted in a death. In this case, an unnamed juvenile, who was being picked on at school reportedly […]

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Jury Nullification | 20 Apr 2015

-Stimson Verdict Not An Anti-Jury Nullification Statement

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Last month, a jury convicted Todd Stimson of multiple, victimless, marijuana-related offenses, in connection with his business The Blue Ridge Medical Cannabis Research Corp. that ran openly for years, complete with business licenses from and paying taxes to the government. There were many problems with the evidence in his trial including decomposed and moldy evidence, […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 17 Apr 2015

-How Prosecutors Can Control Jury Nullification through Jury Instructions

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The trial of a San Antonio juvenile has been interrupted by an emergency stay just short of closing arguments, as the prosecutor and defense attorney take their dispute over jury instructions to an appeals court. An unnamed teen is being tried in connection with the death of a classmate. Witnesses in the case reportedly testified […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice | 13 Apr 2015

-Is Juror Skepticism of Police Testimony on the Rise?

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In the wake of numerous, high-profile cases involving questionable police conduct, are jurors becoming more skeptical of testimony from law enforcement? Beth Hundsdorfer reports in the Belleville News-Democrat that jurors may be the case in St. Clair County, Illinois. St. Clair County is part of the Greater St. Louis metropolitan area, along with Ferguson, Missouri, […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice | 09 Apr 2015

-Grand Jury Is Right to Comment on Government Corruption

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Both the Dallas News and the Texas Tribune recently called a Travis County, Texas grand jury on the carpet in their editorial sections for the grand jury’s public statement regarding a government official who was not indicted but had been censured by the state legislature. The 390th Grand Jury addressed a special report to Judge […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 07 Apr 2015

-Holdout Jurors Protect Citizen Media

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Fullerton, California jurors recently deadlocked in the cases of citizen journalists A.J. Redkey and P.M. Beers, who were livestreaming during a January 2014 protest after the acquittal of two police officers for the death of Kelly Thomas. Thomas, a mentally ill, homeless man was beaten and tased by police officers. He fell unconscious on the […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice | 02 Apr 2015

-Jury Protects Man from Firearms Charges

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The Youngstown Vindicator reports today that a jury has protected a defendant from charges of carrying a concealed weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm for a .22-caliber semiautomatic pistol police found in one of twenty shoe boxes in a closet at a home of another person that the defendant was staying […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 01 Apr 2015

-Georgia Judge Informs Jury of Mandatory Sentence

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Fulton County Superior Court Judge Wendy Shoob recently took the all too uncommon but highly commendable step of informing jurors of the mandatory minimum punishment she would be forced to impose on the defendant if they convicted him of armed robbery. In this case, the defendant was facing a mandatory minimum sentence of life in […]

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