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History of Jury Nullification &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 06 Dec 2016

-How Jury Nullification Contributed to Emancipation (and How Government Tried to Thwart It)

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Today marks the anniversary of one of two amendments to the U.S. Constitution that came about in part due to jury nullification—the Thirteenth Amendment, also referred to as Emancipation. During great turmoil in the U.S. over private ownership of other human beings, Daniel Webster led the charge to maintain slavery and keep the country together […]

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FIJA in the News &History of Jury Nullification &Jury Nullification | 03 Sep 2015

-FIJA Celebrates Jury Rights Day

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FIJA Celebrates Jury Rights Day FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kirsten Tynan (406) 442-7800 aji@fija.org Helena, MT—Juror rights educators around the country, in conjunction with the Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA), will celebrate Jury Rights Day, mostly this week, by educating their communities about jury nullification. Inaugurated in 1991, Jury Rights Day is FIJA’s signature celebration, […]

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History of Jury Nullification &Jury Nullification &Jury Rights Day &Media Releases | 25 Aug 2015

-Judge Halts Unconstitutional Ban on Juror Rights Education

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Judge Halts Unconstitutional Ban on Juror Rights Education FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kirsten Tynan (406) 442-7800 aji@fija.org Helena, MT—A federal court today issued an Order Granting Motion for Preliminary Injunction, effectively gutting paragraph 1 of a recently issued administrative order against juror rights educators sharing information at the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse Plaza in Denver, Colorado. Paragraph […]

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FIJA in the News &History of Jury Nullification &Jury Nullification &Media Releases | 17 Aug 2015

-FIJA Seeks Injunction Against Denver Arrests for Free Speech

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FIJA Seeks Injunction Against Denver Arrests for Free Speech FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kirsten Tynan (406) 442-7800 aji@fija.org Helena, MT—The Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA) has signed on as a plaintiff to a complaint seeking an injunction to bar the Denver Police Department from any further arrests at the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse of juror rights educators […]

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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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History of Jury Nullification &Jury Nullification | 05 Aug 2015

-John Adams’ Notes on the Right of Jury Nullification

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The above graphic features a famous quote from John Adams regarding the right—and duty—of jury nullification in accordance with a juror’s best judgment and conscience. But where does it come from? At a FIJA supporter’s request, I tracked it down and now the source material has found a home on the FIJA website here: From […]

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History of Jury Nullification &Jury Nullification | 15 Jun 2015

-Know Your Roots, Know Your Jury Rights

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Happy Magna Carta Day! Today marks the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta in 1215 at Runnymede. Now that I’m getting the hang of this after a couple of short broadcasts, I invite everyone to join us at 8 past the hour throughout the day for a series of short broadcasts on […]

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Function of Juries &History of Jury Nullification &Jury Nullification &Know Your Rights | 08 Jan 2015

-“In Our Time” on the Magna Carta

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“King John’s a famous villian of English history, and Magna Carta happened on his watch in 1215. Does he deserve the reputation he has?” “Well, you see most villians in the past are sort of found by modern historians to be good in parts and not good in others. John really was an absolute rotter, […]

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History of Jury Nullification &Jury Nullification &Myths and Misconceptions | 15 Sep 2014

-Jury Myths and Misconceptions: Can Jurors Be Punished for Jury Nullification Verdicts?

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This is part of a series of responses to myths, misconceptions, and misstatements about jury issues, including jury nullification and juror education outreach. There are no lawyers on FIJA’s staff or board of directors, and FIJA does not provide legal advice. These observations are provided for educational purposes and do not in any way constitute […]

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Function of Juries &History of Jury Nullification &Jury Nullification | 06 Sep 2014

-Jurors Wield Power to Judge the Law

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The Richmond County Daily Journal follows up its Jury Rights Day coverage with an informative and insightful editorial on jurors’ ability to conscientiously acquit via jury nullification. OUR VIEW: Jurors wield power to judge the law Jury duty. It’s the setup to innumerable punchlines, a civic chore that some people dread and many try to […]

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Function of Juries &History of Jury Nullification &Jury Nullification &Jury Rights Day | 05 Sep 2014

-When Jurors Judge the Law

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Jury Rights Day and specifically the outreach event in Asheville are getting some news coverage in North Carolina! Richmond County Daily Journal reporter William Toler has written up an excellent article on the occasion: When Jurors Judge the Law Despite being fined and imprisoned, a jury refused to follow the judge’s order to return a […]

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Function of Juries &History of Jury Nullification &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 20 May 2014

-Anniversary of Jury Nullification in Camden 28 Trial

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What do you do when a child’s on fire? We saw children on fire. What, what do you do when a child’s on fire in a war that was a mistake? What do you do? Like write a letter? With these words from Father Michael Doyle, the award-winning documentary film by Anthony Giacchino entitled The […]

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Function of Juries &History of Jury Nullification &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 17 Feb 2014

-Jury Nullification and the Rescue of Shadrach Minkins

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Now that we all know that fugitive slaves themselves were not freed by juries, but rather those who helped rescue them and were subsequently charged under the Fugitive Slave Act, let’s delve into the actual rescue of Shadrach Minkins. The Fugitive Slave Act was a critical part of the Compromise of 1850, designed to maintain […]

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