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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 21 Dec 2016

-My Birthday Wish List for FIJA!

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Kirsten Tynan, Executive Director of the Fully Informed Jury Association here. Today is my birthday, and normally I would take today off. But as you read this I am in the midst of getting our 2017 Jury Rights Calendars in the mail to our 2016 donors. If you are one of our loyal donors, I […]

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Function of Juries | 08 Dec 2016

-Alabama Set to Kill a Man Against His Jury’s Wishes

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The state of Alabama is on the verge of committing a grossly unconstitutional and irreversible act. It is trying to carry out the execution scheduled for this evening of Ronald Bert Smith, a defendant whose jury voted 7-5 to sentence him to life without parole, but whose sentence was overridden by a judge, who unilaterally […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 28 Oct 2016

-Trial by Jury Crucial in Malheur Refuge Occupation Acquittals

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Yesterday afternoon word came from the federal courthouse in Portland that jurors had reached verdicts for most of the counts in the trial of seven defendants involved in the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The defendants were found Not Guilty on all counts, with the exception of a count of theft of government […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 23 Apr 2016

-New Hampshire HB 1270: Is It a Jury Nullification Bill?

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FIJA National does not endorse or oppose any piece of legislation. The following is provided for informational and educational purposes only. In recent weeks, New Hampshire’s HB 1270 has been the subject of much discussion, usually referred to in public discourse as a jury nullification bill (as was its 2012 predecessor). HB 1270 passed the […]

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FIJA in the News &Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 23 Mar 2016

-Felony Charge Dropped, Misdemeanor Still in Play

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We have mixed news this morning from the Mecosta County Courthouse, where Keith Wood was illegally arrested and falsely charged in November with one false felony count of obstruction of justice and one false misdemeanor count of jury tampering for sharing FIJA’s Your Jury Rights: True or False? brochure. This morning the court held a […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 09 Feb 2016

-SCOTUS Justice Sotomayor Favors Jury Nullification

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Current Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor is now on record: she says the prevailing Second Circuit view of jury nullification is too harsh and that juries could benefit from being aware of their option of jury nullification. In her hour-long talk at NYU yesterday, Justice Sotomayor questioned the Second Circuit’s decision in U.S. v. Thomas, […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification &Sixth Amendment | 12 Jan 2016

—SCOTUS Ruling in Hurst v. Florida Preserves Jury Rights

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We have BIG NEWS this week from the Supreme Court in the case of Hurst v. Florida. By a 7-1-1 vote—in fact, even overruling two of its own prior rulings—the Supreme Court of the United States has upheld the jury as the sole fact-finding authority in capital sentencing. Specifically, the Court found that the Florida […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification &Media Releases | 16 Dec 2015

—Juror Rights Educators Triumph AGAIN in Denver

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Juror Rights Educators Triumph AGAIN in Denver FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kirsten C. Tynan Executive Director (406) 442-7800 aji@fija.org Denver, CO—This morning Judge Kenneth Plotz dismissed all felony jury-tampering charges that had been pending against juror rights educators Mark Iannicelli and Eric Brandt for handing out Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA) brochures at the Lindsey-Flanigan […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 15 Dec 2015

—Religion Baiting Prosecutor Terrified of Jurors with Consciences

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Mecosta County Prosecutor Brian Thiede invoked bigoted scaremongering rhetoric last week in the first court hearing for Keith Wood, a juror rights educator falsely charged with felony obstruction of justice and misdemeanor attempting to influence jurors. Wood was handing out FIJA brochures on the public sidewalk near the Mecosta County Courthouse in Michigan, legally and […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification &Volunteer | 12 Dec 2015

—Volunteer Opportunity: Jury Legislation Research Volunteer

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The Fully Informed Jury Association’s national office has a strictly educational mission. We do not endorse or oppose any legislation, citizens’ initiative, political candidate, or party. However, we do monitor and track legislation for educational and informational purposes. To that end, we are seeking for the first time to crowdsource efforts to collect such information […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification &Media Releases | 30 Nov 2015

—FIJA Files Amicus Brief in Kleinman Case in Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

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FIJA Files Amicus Brief in Kleinman Case in Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kirsten C. Tynan Executive Director (406) 442-7800 aji@fija.org Roger I. Roots, J.D., Ph.D. FIJA Advisory Board Member (406) 224-3105 rogerroots@msn.com Helena, MT—The Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA) has filed an amicus curiae brief in the case of United […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 23 Oct 2015

-Juror Rights Educator Threatened at Ocean County Courthouse

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Juror Rights Educator Threatened at Ocean County Courthouse FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: James Babb (610) 574-1222 jamesbabb@mac.com Kirsten Tynan (406) 442-7800 aji@fija.org Toms River, NJ—Juror rights educator James Babb was threatened with arrest on Thursday over false jury tampering allegations by law enforcement at the Ocean County Courthouse in Toms River, NJ. Babb was handing […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 01 Oct 2015

-Jon Peditto to Use Jury Nullification Strategy in MMJ Case

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This week we have learned of a courageous New Jersey resident who is openly pursuing a jury nullification strategy in a medical marijuana jury trial coming up at the Ocean County Courthouse in Towns River, NJ. Jon Peditto is a photographer and marijuana grower and activist who was arrested in 2012 and charged with several […]

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FIJA in the News &Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 19 Aug 2015

-Denver DA Creates Countless Fully Informed Jurors

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Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey, with his erroneous charges and prosecution of juror rights educators Mark Iannicelli and Eric Brandt, is creating countless fully informed jurors. In just the last 24 hours, I have received Google alerts showing what a great job Morrissey is doing of getting the information we teach—previously only shared very locally […]

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FIJA in the News &Function of Juries &History of Jury Nullification &Jury Nullification | 14 Aug 2015

-Jury Nullification Case is First Amendment Issue

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We understand that the Denver District Attorney will be subpoenaed in connection with the recent arrests of two juror rights educators in Denver, Colorado. Mark Iannicelli and Eric Brandt have been charged with seven counts each of alleged jury tampering, simply for distributing information on jury nullification. Iannicelli and Brandt are being harassed by the […]

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