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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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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 15 Dec 2015

—Religion Baiting Prosecutor Terrified of Jurors with Consciences

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Mecosta County Prosecutor Brian Thiede invoked bigoted scaremongering rhetoric last week in the first court hearing for Keith Wood, a juror rights educator falsely charged with felony obstruction of justice and misdemeanor attempting to influence jurors. Wood was handing out FIJA brochures on the public sidewalk near the Mecosta County Courthouse in Michigan, legally and [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification &Volunteer | 12 Dec 2015

—Volunteer Opportunity: Jury Legislation Research Volunteer

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The Fully Informed Jury Association’s national office has a strictly educational mission. We do not endorse or oppose any legislation, citizens’ initiative, political candidate, or party. However, we do monitor and track legislation for educational and informational purposes. To that end, we are seeking for the first time to crowdsource efforts to collect such information [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification &Media Releases | 30 Nov 2015

—FIJA Files Amicus Brief in Kleinman Case in Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

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FIJA Files Amicus Brief in Kleinman Case in Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kirsten C. Tynan Executive Director (406) 442-7800 aji@fija.org Roger I. Roots, J.D., Ph.D. FIJA Advisory Board Member (406) 224-3105 rogerroots@msn.com Helena, MT—The Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA) has filed an amicus curiae brief in the case of United [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 23 Oct 2015

-Juror Rights Educator Threatened at Ocean County Courthouse

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Juror Rights Educator Threatened at Ocean County Courthouse FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: James Babb (610) 574-1222 jamesbabb@mac.com Kirsten Tynan (406) 442-7800 aji@fija.org Toms River, NJ—Juror rights educator James Babb was threatened with arrest on Thursday over false jury tampering allegations by law enforcement at the Ocean County Courthouse in Toms River, NJ. Babb was handing [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 01 Oct 2015

-Jon Peditto to Use Jury Nullification Strategy in MMJ Case

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This week we have learned of a courageous New Jersey resident who is openly pursuing a jury nullification strategy in a medical marijuana jury trial coming up at the Ocean County Courthouse in Towns River, NJ. Jon Peditto is a photographer and marijuana grower and activist who was arrested in 2012 and charged with several [...]

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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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Jury Nullification | 31 Aug 2015

-Is Juror Rights Outreach Legal?

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Is juror rights outreach legal? In short, yes. This handy infographic documents recent legal events that back this up. In all of these cases, a key element of “jury tampering” was missing—an attempt to influence the outcome of a particular case. FIJA outreach is simply about making sure that every juror knows all of the [...]

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FIJA in the News &Jury Nullification | 27 Aug 2015

-Malicious Prosecutions Continued by Denver DA’s Office

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FIJA in the News &Jury Nullification | 27 Aug 2015

-Denver PD Shows Contempt for Federal Court Order

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Wednesday afternoon, civil rights attorney David Lane of Killmer, Lane, & Newman, LLP filed on behalf of FIJA and co-plaintiffs Eric Verlo and Janet Matzen a Motion for Order to Show Cause Why Defendant Robert C. White Should Not Be Held in Contempt of Court for apparent retaliation by the Denver Police Department. Just hours [...]

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