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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 25 Sep 2014

-Montana Supreme Court Candidates Debate Jury Nullification

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This is shared for educational and informational purposes only; FIJA National does not endorse or oppose any political candidate or party. Jury nullification made an appearance in a recent debate between candidates for the Montana Supreme Court. The Great Falls Tribune reported on the event. Supreme Court candidates square off in Missoula The four candidates [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 24 Sep 2014

-Jury Nullification Educator Called for Jury Duty on Date of His Own Trial

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We’ve previously brought you news about the case of Luke Lamb, charged with felony unlawful communication with a juror over comments he made on his Facebook page, including providing a link to the FIJA website, to someone who requested information on jury nullification. The person who made the request happened to be a juror at [...]

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Jury Nullification | 18 Sep 2014

-Candidate Suggests Jury Nullification of SAFE Act

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This is shared for educational and informational purposes only; FIJA National does not endorse or oppose any political candidate or party. This Buffalo News report on candidate positions for New York’s 62nd State Senate District GOP primary shows that yet again jury nullification is making its way into mainstream news and political discourse. This time [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 18 Sep 2014

-Oregon’s Next Assignment: Learn About Jury Nullification

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Rhea Graham of Albany’s Canna Kitchen & Research writes in to the Albany Democrat-Herald in Oregon about the legal red tape that comes along with so-called “legalization” schemes that involve taxing and regulating marijuana such as limits on the number of plants one may grow, where they may be located, and so on. Such schemes [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 17 Sep 2014

-Jurors Beware: State Crime Labs Incentivized to Help Falsely Convict

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Many jurors are led to believe that evidence and results provided to them through state crime labs are objective data on which they can rely in determining the fate of the defendant. Earlier this year, we discussed the crime lab scandal at the Hinton Lab in Jamaica Plain in Massachusetts, in which a chemist who [...]

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Jury Nullification &Jury Rights Day | 16 Sep 2014

-Jury Rights Day: Jury Nullification Outreach in Camden, New Jersey

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This Jury Rights Day report comes to us from Rev. Deborah Kalinowski, who singlehandedly hosted Jury Rights Day outreach in Camden, New Jersey in three shifts. We are particularly thrilled to see jury nullification outreach in Camden, which is home to one of the most notable cases of jury nullification in modern United States jurisprudence—the [...]

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Jury Nullification | 16 Sep 2014

-Jury Nullification Sure Sounds Like a Right

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There is no shortage of government officials and others opposed to the right of jury nullification who try to define it out of existence by revamping the rhetoric to call it a power or an ability instead of a right. In this letter to the editor in the Concord Monitor, Michael Hulser makes short work [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 15 Sep 2014

-Marijuana Legalization in Colorado Gained Steam from Jury Nullification

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In this very short video, criminal defense attorney Chad Moody educates Oklahoma marijuana activists that “the marijuana movement writ large really began to gain steam when juries began nullifying in marijuana cases.” He explains what jury nullification is and how jurors can use it to uphold justice when the political system is not sufficiently responsive. [...]

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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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Jury Nullification | 11 Sep 2014

-Numerous Calls for Jury Nullification for Shaneen Allen

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FIJA does not advocate for or against any case in progress. This post is provide for informational and educational purposes only. As we reported recently, Evan Nappen, the defense attorney in the prosecution of gun owner Shaneen Allen has publicly mentioned jury nullification as an option that jurors have in his client’s case. More and [...]

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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 &Jury Nullification &Jury Rights Day | 05 Sep 2014

-7 Films for Jury Rights Day

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For more than 20 years since founding it in 1991, the Fully Informed Jury Association has celebrated Jury Rights Day as our signature event on September 5 each year. Jury Rights Day commemorates the conscientious acquittal of William Penn, who stood trial in 1670 for violating England’s Conventicle Act by publicly preaching the Quaker religion. [...]

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Jury Nullification &Jury Rights Day | 05 Sep 2014

-Jury Rights Day: Jury Nullification Outreach in Asheville, North Carolina

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We’ve got our first report from the field today. This comes from Charlie Sean reporting on some very successful jury nullification outreach at the Buncombe County Courthouse in Asheville, North Carolina: Todd (Freedom Fighterswnc), Jason Humes and I met up with Betty Jackson and Clarence Young from Fully Informed Jury Association at Buncombe County Courthouse [...]

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

-Jury Nullification Keeps Government in Check

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FIJA New Hampshire State Contact Dick Marple is educating New Hampshire today about jury nullification and Jury Rights Day with this informative editorial in the Concord Monitor. Thank you, Dick! My Turn: Jury nullification keeps government in check Today, we celebrate Jury Rights Day. It was on this day in 1670 that Quaker William Penn [...]

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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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