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FIJA in the News &Jury Nullification &Volunteer | 01 Dec 2017

-Another WIN in Denver!

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Yesterday, the Colorado Court of Appeals upheld a district court’s dismissal of false jury tampering charges against juror rights educators Mark Iannicelli and Eric Brandt. The Court of Appeals opinions for the defendants are located in .pdf format here and here. Mark Iannicelli and Eric Brandt were arrested on two separate days at the Lindsey-Flanigan […]

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Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 23 Aug 2017

-Jury Smacks Down Kangaroo Court in Bundy Trial

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Yesterday the jury in the trial of four men accused of offenses related to a standoff near the Bundy ranch in Bunkerville, Nevada sent a resounding message to prosecutors and the judge in the case by returning absolutely no Guilty verdicts. Instead, jurors found Ricky Lovelien and Steven Stewart Not Guilty of all 10 charges […]

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FIJA in the News &Jury Nullification | 28 Jul 2017

-Federal Judge Upholds Anti-Free Speech Order

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Late last night we got word that federal Judge William Martinez (note that there is more than one Judge Martinez in this case) has ruled in favor of Chief Judge Michael Martinez, in his official capacity as chief judge of the Second Judicial District, regarding the anti-First Amendment order at the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse in Denver, […]

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Jury Nullification | 30 Mar 2017

-Ed Forchion Denied Pretrial Release

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Ed Forchion, also known as NJWeedman, was indicted in February in New Jersey for two counts of alleged “witness tampering”, which he emphatically disputes. As has been his usual practice, he is seeking trial by jury to address these charges. In response, the state filed a motion for pretrial detention to incarcerate Forchion, without proving […]

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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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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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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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FIJActivist &Jury Nullification | 14 Oct 2016

-Another Threat of Illegal Arrest at Denver Courthouse

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Just yesterday we received word from Eric Verlo, a plaintiff on the lawsuit to make a preliminary injunction against this kind of behavior a permanent injunction, regarding an illegal threat of arrest of someone handing out FIJA brochures at the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse. The activist reports: Jury Nullification activist threatened with arrest. 8:40am, October 11, 2016. […]

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Jury Nullification | 10 Oct 2016

-Long-Term Jury Nullification Campaign Paying off in New Hampshire

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Similar to what we saw in San Diego just a couple of years ago, we have great news from New Hampshire, another state that has benefitted from long-term jury nullification outreach in recent years. On 30 September, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office issued a report concluding an investigation into victimless cannabis-related activities alleged to […]

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FIJA in the News &Jury Nullification &Volunteer | 21 Sep 2016

-Mike Fellows, Montana FIJA State Contact, Died This Week

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It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the shocking news that Montana FIJA state contact Mike Fellows was killed in a car collision Monday night. Despite health problems that had recently seen him hospitalized, Mike had driven up to Seeley Lake from his home in Missoula to participate in a candidate […]

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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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