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FIJActivist &Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 16 Apr 2014

-FIJA Educates Future Jurors at Florida Liberty Summit

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Florida State Contact Bill Hickman represented FIJA at the Florida Liberty Summit held in Orlando, Florida from 4-6 April 2014. Hosted by the Florida Campaign for Liberty, this year’s event featured as keynote speaker Dr. Ron Paul, who has been an outspoken jury nullification educator. Hickman estimates that about 200 potential jurors picked up information [...]

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Jury Nullification | 15 Apr 2014

-New FIJA Facebook Page

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There has long been a Facebook page set up in our name, to which we have been pointing people. The problem is that it hasn’t been very useful. We assume it was started by an enthusiastic supporter several years ago, but we haven’t been able to contact them to get admin access to the page. [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 15 Apr 2014

-Alaska Jury Nullification Bill Won’t Move this Session

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Alaska’s jury nullification bill had a hearing before the House Judiciary committee yesterday. According to the Fairbanks Daily Miner, it will not be voted on this session. The article mislabels the bill as HB 316. The jury nullification bill is HB 315. Jury nullification bill won’t move this session Advocates of jury nullification did their [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 14 Apr 2014

-Jury Nullification Outreach in Bellingham, Washington

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Juror education activists have been out several times already this year in Bellingham, Washington and elsewhere around the state to teach everyone about the power jurors have that prosecutors and judges don’t want them to know about. This video features several folks who have been doing juror education in front of the Whatcom County Courthouse [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 13 Apr 2014

-New Jersey 4/20 Smoke Out Highlights Jury Nullification

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We received the below press release from Ed “NJWeedman” Forchion regarding an upcoming event on April 20 at the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton, NJ. Jawara McIntosh, aka Tosh1, will join Ed at the NJ420 Rally calling attention to various issues surrounding marijuana law and enforcement in New Jersey, including jurors’ right to exercise jury [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 13 Apr 2014

-Jury Nullification Can Veto Prison Profiteering

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An article in the Republic Report comments on the curious nature of lobbying being done by for-profit prison interests that profit from captive labor forced to work FAR below market wages. Are Prison Labor Companies Lobbying to Keep Prisoners in Jail for Nonviolent Offenses? In recent months, a broad, cross-ideological coalition has pressed forward to [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 11 Apr 2014

-Judges Okay Juror Intent on Convicting before Hearing Evidence

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Judge Seated Juror Who Declared Defendant Guilty Before Trial Jose Felipe Velasco insists Orange County Judge David A. Hoffer cheated him out of a fair trial by placing a juror on the supposedly neutral citizen’s panel after she repeatedly declared the defendant guilty before hearing any evidence. Velasco, who is serving a prison term of [...]

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Jury Nullification | 10 Apr 2014

-Alaska Jury Nullification Bill HB 315 Hearing Scheduled

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We have word from Alaska State Contact Frank Turney that a hearing is scheduled for Alaska’s jury nullification bill as follows: HB 315 Monday, 14 April 2014 1:00 pm Alaska time State Capitol, Room 120 Call in number: 1-800-468-2186 Those who can’t call in may e-mail the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee: Representative.Wes.Keller@akleg.gov This [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 28 Mar 2014

-Thoughts On State Con-Cons

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FIJA Board Member Margi Crook shares her thoughts on constitutional conventions, in light of a recent resolution passed by the Georgia state legislature calling for a constitutional convention under Article V of the U.S. Constitution. Thoughts On State Con-Cons My first thought on hearing that the Georgia legislature has passed a resolution to hold a [...]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 26 Mar 2014

-Jury Finds Woman Not Guilty of Registering to Vote

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A formerly incarcerated woman was acquitted last week of an offense that could have put her back in prison for up to fifteen years—registering to vote. After serving time for a victimless drug offense, Iowa resident Kelli Jo Griffin believed, based on what had previously been the state’s policy, that her voting eligibility would automatically [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 25 Mar 2014

-Hearing for Alaska Jury Nullification Bill on Wednesday

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Many thanks to long-time FIJA activist and state contact Frank Turney for alerting us to HB 315, now making its way through the legislative process in Alaska. FIJA does not endorse or oppose any piece of legislation, but we do track these bills to keep everyone informed. Frank tells us that Alaska’s HB 315 will [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 25 Mar 2014

-Our Criminal Justice System Has Become a Crime

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In this editorial, Glenn Harlan Reynolds argues in USA Today that there is little justice in our so-called “justice” system, with the jury trials that are so common on television and in the movies being the exception in real life and abusive overcharging in order to coerce people into plea bargains being the rule. Our [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 24 Mar 2014

-Jury Nullification: The Second Amendment’s Last Stand

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As states around the country add to the ever increasing pile of regulations regarding firearms and ammunition, greatly expanding opportunities for peaceful people to be caught up in a legal morass (for example, this proponent of gun regulation who ran afoul of the very measure he worked to get passed), this article argues for jury [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 23 Mar 2014

-Appeal for Trial by Jury in Sign Ordinance Case Goes Forward

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A few days ago, we reported on the convoluted situation in the case of David Mongielo, who risks going to jail for allegedly violating a town sign ordinance with a sign that changed messages too frequently. The sentence in his case had been stayed while he appealed the conviction by a judge after he was [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 20 Mar 2014

-Judges Circumvent Jury Verdicts with Sentencing for Acquitted Conduct

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Did you know that even if a jury finds a defendant outright Not Guilty on some charges, a judge may still be able to increase the defendant’s sentence for Guilty verdicts based on the conduct of which the jury explicitly acquitted him? Consider the case of Antwuan Ball, acquitted of every single one of the [...]

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