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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 15 Oct 2014

-Bucks County Wanted Jury Nullification Educators Arrested, Cops Refused

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Thanks to reporter James McGinnis of the Bucks County Courier Times for coverage of local jury nullification educators’ most recent experience in which Bucks County Courthouse official Chris Daley attempted to have them arrested for exercising their First Amendment-protected rights on the public sidewalk adjacent to the courthouse. The public sidewalk has long been held [...]

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Jury Nullification &Volunteer | 14 Oct 2014

-Volunteer Educators Will Offer FIJA Literature On Jury Nullification Near Bucks County Courthouse

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14 October 2014 Volunteer Educators Will Offer FIJA Literature On Jury Nullification Near Bucks County Courthouse FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: (610) 574-1222; jamesbabb@mac.com Doylestown, PA—On October 21 at 7:30 am, juror rights educators will peacefully exercise their First Amendment-protected rights in support of the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Amendments. They will share free jury nullification [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 14 Oct 2014

-Supreme Court Turns Blind Eye to Judges Usurping Jury Rights

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While many people disagree (incorrectly) on the jury’s right to judge the law as well as the facts, it is supposed to be well-settled that the jury is, indeed, the fact-finder in all trials by jury. Unfortunately, the power vortex that is government has not been satisfied merely to deny the jury’s function in standing [...]

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Jury Nullification &Volunteer | 10 Oct 2014

-Jury Rights Educators Stand Firm at Pennsylvania Courthouse

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A big congratulations to volunteer juror educators James Babb and Andrew Rumbold for successfully asserting their First Amendment right to express themselves in support of the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Amendments. Repeatedly over the course of some months now, Bucks County Courthouse officials have attempted to bully juror educators who have been handing out Fully [...]

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Jury Nullification &Jury Rights Day | 02 Oct 2014

-Jury Rights Day: Jury Nullification Outreach in Fairbanks, Alaska

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Jury Rights Day was a big event again in Fairbanks, Alaska thanks to jury educator Maria Rensel and FIJA state contact Frank Turney organizing folks for jury nullification outreach. Maria reports on the day’s events: We had a nice Jury Rights Day Celebration that was scheduled from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. but ended up [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 02 Oct 2014

-Are the Feds Dialing Back Punishment for Trial by Jury?

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Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) yesterday reported on a recent memo issued by outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder with regard to what is known as the “trial penalty”—the effective punishment of a defendant’s use of the Constitutionally guaranteed right to trial by jury, with prosecutors adding extra penalties for which the defendant is at risk [...]

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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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