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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 31 Jul 2015

-How Jury Nullification Played into the Carriker Acquittal

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I had a long, post-acquittal chat yesterday with Joe Grumbine of The Human Solution International regarding the dramatic and very encouraging acquittal of Kyler Carriker in Wichita, Kansas. Joe attended much of the trial in person and shared many insights as to how jury nullification played into this case. By way of a brief summary […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 30 Jul 2015

-Jury Nullification for Carriker in Ridiculous Felony Murder Case

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I got news this afternoon from Joe Grumbine of The Human Solution International of a Not Guilty verdict in the case of Kyler Carriker, accused of felony murder. “This whole case was about jury nullification and bad law,” Joe reports. Carriker was not involved with the killing, but was charged under a state law that […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 10 Jun 2015

-Possible Jury Nullification in Las Vegas MMJ Case

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Late last month, a jury acquitted Steven Ficano on two felony charges, possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to sell. Ficano grows marijuana for medicinal use, and at the time of his arrest in 2012, he had both a medical marijuana license and a note from his doctor explaining the quantity of […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 04 Jun 2015

-Randy England On Jury Nullification When He Was A Prosecutor

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In last night’s episode of Freedom Feens, available for online listening here, Randy England spends some time discussing his experience with jury nullification from the prosecutor’s side of the courtroom. The jury nullification discussion comes up in the segment starting about an hour in, but there is extensive discussion of the recent Ross Ulbricht case […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 28 May 2015

-Supreme Court to Consider Exclusion of Black Jurors in Death Penalty Case

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This week the United States Supreme Court accepted for consideration the case of Foster v. Humphrey, regarding Georgia prosecutors’ use of peremptory challenges to strike every black juror in the jury pool in the defendant’s case. Then 18-year-old, black defendant Timothy Tyrone Foster went on to be convicted of the murder of a white woman […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 06 May 2015

-States Preserve Jury Rights with Asset Forfeiture Reform

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Just yesterday, Governor Steve Bullock signed Montana’s HB 463, a civil asset forfeiture reform bill, into law, following in the footsteps of Governor Susana Martinez who signed New Mexico’s HB 560 in April. HB 463 was passed with only 8 representatives and 1 senator opposed in Montana, and HB 560 was passed unanimously through both […]

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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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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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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 19 Mar 2015

-Effecting Change Outside the Law with Jury Nullification

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A big thank you to Joseph S. Diedrich for including jury nullification in his recent article on effecting change outside the law, published on the website of the Foundation for Economic Education! Read on for Joseph’s comments on juries. Effecting Change Outside the Law A jury can convict you if it finds guilt beyond a […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 04 Mar 2015

-Jurors Find Medical Marijuana User Not Guilty

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Medical marijuana patient Jessie Teplicki turned down a plea bargain for 18 months probation after he was arrested for growing marijuana. Teplicki uses marijuana medicinally to treat his severe anorexia by stimulating his appetite and reducing nausea he experiences when eating. Teplicki argued a medical necessity defense to his jury, who found him Not Guilty […]

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