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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 &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 &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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Jury Nullification &Volunteer | 09 Jan 2015

-Relevant Rulings Regarding New York City Jury Nullification Outreach

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In the coming weeks jury nullification educators will once again take their message to the Southern District of New York Courthouse (also known as the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Courthouse). More educators and also people willing and able to video record and/or livestream their outreach efforts are needed for this effort. To help out, click through [...]

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

-Jury Finds Man Not Guilty of Weapons Charge

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This week a jury acquitted Reuben F. Hairston of being a felon in possession of a weapon that apparently spent only a couple of minutes in his car and without his knowledge. Jury finds man not guilty of weapons charge In April 2012, Hairston gave two men a ride, but the two men asked to [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 06 Jan 2015

-Bill Seeks Unanimous Jury In Death Cases

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This is shared for educational and informational purposes only; FIJA National is a strictly educational organization that does not endorse or oppose any legislation, citizens’ initiative, political candidate, or party. Florida is one of a few states where the judgment of a 12-member jury in a capital case to impose a sentence of life without [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 03 Jan 2015

-Kansas Supreme Court Upholds Jury Nullification

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I am pleased to report another court victory in the final days of 2014! This ruling upholding jurors’ ability to exercise jury nullification and otherwise preserving the role of the independent jury comes from the Kansas Supreme Court in the case of State v. Smith-Parker. There were several jury-related and other matters at issue in [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification &Sixth Amendment | 26 Nov 2014

-What If Every Accused Person Demanded Trial by Jury?

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Michelle Alexander, associate professor at Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, this weekend in an op-ed for The New York Times shared a conversation she had with Susan Burton, executive director of A New Way of Life in Los Angeles, [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 25 Nov 2014

-3 Ways the Ferguson Grand Jury Illustrates a Two-Tiered Legal System

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Last night, after more than 3 months during which it met 25 times and heard 60 witnesses, a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson on any of the five charges put forth by the prosecution ranging from second-degree involuntary manslaughter to first-degree murder in association with the death of unarmed, [...]

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FIJA Calendar &Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 18 Nov 2014

-Support Jury Nullification Education in New York City

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Juror educators around the country are organizing to focus attention on New York City now through January. Wherever you are located, YOU CAN GET INVOLVED! If you are a New York City local: Please join us NOW in handing out FIJA’s educational literature near the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 24 Oct 2014

-Jury Nullification Advocate Luke Lamb Found NOT GUILTY

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Yesterday, a jury unanimously stood in defense of juror educators’ right to share general education information about jury nullification and the Fully Informed Jury Association on Facebook, in delivering a Not Guilty verdict in the case of Luke Lamb. Greene County, Illinois board member Lamb was charged with unlawful communication with a juror after his [...]

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