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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 09 Jul 2014

-Jury Nullification Educator’s Case Continues

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We have an update on the Luke Lamb case, which had an 18 June 2014 hearing for the defendant’s Motion to Reconsider his Motion to Dismiss. Lamb is being pursued by Greene County, Illinois officials for alleged unlawful communication with a juror, but his attorney says the charge is a politically-motivated tactic wielded against Lamb [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 08 Jul 2014

-Jury Nullification Can Protect against Unjust Sentencing

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Jurors have the right and the power to conscientiously acquit through jury nullification for any reason they believe will deliver a just verdict. Sometimes they do this because they think the offense should not be illegal, but there are also other reasons they may feel moved to acquit even though a law has technically been [...]

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FIJA in the News &Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 02 Jul 2014

-Lamb Seeks Dismissal of Felony Charge for Jury Nullification Posting on Facebook

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We brought you news several months ago of so-called jury tampering accusations leveled against Luke Lamb, for allegedly sharing on Facebook a link to the FIJA website and making comments about jury nullification to someone who apparently requested the information. Patrick A. Watts, an attorney for Lamb with the Sturycz Watts law firm, issued a [...]

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FIJA Calendar &Jury Nullification | 19 Jun 2014

-FIJA Panel on Jury Nullification at Dudley Branch Library in Roxbury, MA

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Jurors Doing Justice: How to Protect Civil Liberties and Promote Social Justice through Conscientious Acquittal Dudley Branch Library 65 Warren St. Roxbury, MA Thursday, 19 June at 6:00 pm The Massachusetts Department of Corrections reports that over the last decade its prison population increased by 9%. More than eight black people and more than six [...]

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FIJA Calendar &Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 05 Jun 2014

-FIJA to Educate about Jury Nullification at FREE HER Rally

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Yesterday, Families for Justice as Healing issued the below press release on the upcoming FREE HER Rally to be held at the Sylvan Theater on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. from 10 am—2 pm on Saturday, 21 June 2014. People will be coming from across the United States to encourage President Obama to commute [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification &Myths and Misconceptions | 02 Jun 2014

-Jury Myths and Misconceptions: Is It ‘Jury Tampering’ to Share Jury Nullification Literature?

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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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FIJA Calendar &Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 02 Jun 2014

-The Power of Jury Nullification at the Global Freedom Summit

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Kirsten Tynan of the Fully Informed Jury Association will speak on The Power of Jury Nullification: The Independent Juror’s Role in Limiting Government and Protecting Our Freedoms at the online Global Freedom Summit this Friday, 6 June 2014 at 9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific. There is a small fee to attend this summit. We will [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 30 May 2014

-Edward Snowden Has the Right to the Benefits of Trial by Jury. Period.

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Earlier this week, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden sat for an extensive interview, filmed in Moscow, Russia, with NBC’s Brian Williams. Here is the first of six parts: The full interview is available here. Depressingly, yesterday I encountered two different people in totally different contexts on social media who advocated that Snowden be murdered. Not tried, [...]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 28 May 2014

-Jury: Tertelgte Not Guilty of Resisting Arrest

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A jury acquitted a Bozeman, Montana man of a charge of resisting arrest after nearly several hours of deliberation. Apparently, the behavior for which he was charged with resisting arrest consisted of “holding his hands down by his side”. Jury: Tertelgte not guilty of resisting arrest The Courtroom saga for a Manhattan man originally charged [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 28 May 2014

-Mandatory Minimums Eviscerate Right to Trial by Jury

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FIJA does not support or oppose any legislative proposal, political candidate, or political party. We present this information for educational purposes only. Thanks to Families for Mandatory Minimums sharing this article, which details a Pennsylvania proposal by a current Pennsylvania legislator, who is also an ex-prosecutor, that would redistribute even more power from juries into [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 27 May 2014

-Supreme Court Upholds Prohibition on Double Jeopardy

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Last week the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a Guilty verdict a judge had directed jurors to deliver. We have more good news today for the future of the jury and their power of jury nullification. This morning the United States Supreme Court reaffirmed in no uncertain terms in its ruling in Martinez v. [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification &Myths and Misconceptions | 27 May 2014

-Jury Myths and Misconceptions: Once Deliberations Begin, Can a Juror Be Removed?

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This is the first in a recurring series of responses to myths, misconceptions, and misstatements about jury issues, including jury nullification. 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 legal advice. [...]

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Function of Juries &History of Jury Nullification &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 20 May 2014

-Anniversary of Jury Nullification in Camden 28 Trial

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What do you do when a child’s on fire? We saw children on fire. What, what do you do when a child’s on fire in a war that was a mistake? What do you do? Like write a letter? With these words from Father Michael Doyle, the award-winning documentary film by Anthony Giacchino entitled The [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 19 May 2014

-Texas Man Faces Life in Prison for Baking Brownies

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In their ever tougher job of putting peaceful people behind bars for victimless offenses, prosecutors are now relying on artificially inflating the severity of marijuana offenses by fictionally magnifying the amount of the substance allegedly involved in the offense. Consider the case of Jacob Lavoro, whose prosecution was bumped from misdemeanor level to felony level—putting [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 19 May 2014

-Right to Trial by Jury Is Undermined by Incarceration During Appeal

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This morning Judge Ronald Zweibel sentenced Cecily McMillan, convicted of assaulting a police officer when she instinctively defended herself against her breast being grabbed, to 3 months incarceration. Occupy Wall Street Protester Cecily McMillan Sentenced To Three Months In Jail A New York City judge sentenced Occupy Wall Street protester Cecily McMillan on Monday to [...]

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