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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 31 Dec 2010

Jurors’ Moral Duty

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From The Independent Institute: Jurors’ Moral Duty Panelists David Friedman and Judge Alex Kozinski had a lively exchange in response to a question about the doctrine of jury nullification during the Q&A portion of our recent Independent Policy Forum, “Is U.S. Justice Broken? Overcoming Government Legal Failure“, based on our book, The Pursuit of Justice: […]

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FIJA in the News &Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 30 Dec 2010

Marijuana: The power of jurors

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Marijuana: The power of jurors When a handful of potential jurors in Missoula County District Court recently expressed their unwillingness to convict Touray Cornell for possessing a small amount of marijuana, County Attorney Andrew Paul called it a “mutiny.” But Iloilo Marguerite Jones wouldn’t use that word. Jones serves as director of the Helena-based Fully […]

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FIJA in the News &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 27 Dec 2010

Missoula Jury Pool Refuses to Convict

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Recently, the Missoulian reported on the inability of a Missoula, Montana court even to seat a jury due to the jurors’ indications during voir dire that they would not convict a defendant of the entirely victimless act of possession of 1/16th of an ounce of marijuana. Several members of the jury pool expressed their disapproval […]

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Jury Nullification | 21 Dec 2010

Jury Nullification: True and Dangerous

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David Friedman hosts an interesting discussion on jury nullification on his website. I was recently involved in an exchange with a prominent jurist on the issue of jury nullification—the doctrine that jurors are entitled to nullify bad laws by refusing to convict a defendant who did something that is illegal but, in their view, should […]

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eBulletin &Jury Nullification | 20 Dec 2010

Letter to the Editor: The True Role of the Juror

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If you find the story about the Missoula jury pool refusal to enforce a bad law to be refreshing, you will be glad to learn that this honorable tradition by juries goes back to the Magna Carta. It is one of the rights used by the People to keep any government from being able to […]

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FIJActivist &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 20 Dec 2010

Jury pool in marijuana case stages ‘mutiny’

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A funny thing happened on the way to a trial in Missoula County District Court last week. Jurors – well, potential jurors – staged a revolt. They took the law into their own hands, as it were, and made it clear they weren’t about to convict anybody for having a couple of buds of marijuana. […]

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FIJActivist &Jury Nullification | 13 Dec 2010

FIJA Activism Regarding Potential Julian Assange Trial

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FIJA activists are working on identifying a vicinage for any potential trial involving Julian Assange in order to conduct general educational outreach to the entire community. We encourage all FIJA activists to coordinate efforts in FIJA’s State News and Activists Discussion Forum. FIJA encourages all human rights activists to conduct educational outreach in a non-confrontational […]

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Freedom Friday &Jury Nullification &Lunch Break for Liberty | 29 Oct 2010

Freedom Friday: Lunch Break for Liberty Online

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This week we present the trailer for The Independent Jury, a feature length film in development and being produced by Declaration Pictures, LLC. When a drug possession trial goes into deliberations in Houston, Texas, one sympathetic juror fights to prevent an almost certain conviction of an AIDS patient for using medical marijuana, because she believes […]

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Freedom Friday &Jury Nullification &Lunch Break for Liberty | 15 Oct 2010

Freedom Friday: Lunch Break for Liberty Online

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It is each and every juror’s right and responsibility to render a verdict according to his or her conscience. This right has been used powerfully through history by jurors who have refused to convict their neighbors when they have broken unjust laws. In this week’s featured video, Maine Freedom Watchdogs explain how we, as jurors, […]

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Freedom Friday &Jury Nullification &Lunch Break for Liberty | 10 Sep 2010

Freedom Friday: Lunch Break for Liberty Online

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This week’s Freedom Friday video features a roughly ten minute discussion regarding the ultimate arbiter of the Constitution: the jury. We invite you to take a moment during your lunch break today to distribute the link to this blog post to your friends and family via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, etc. If you would like to […]

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Freedom Friday &Jury Nullification &Lunch Break for Liberty | 20 Aug 2010

Freedom Friday: Lunch Break for Liberty Online

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This week’s Freedom Friday video features Bob Bird asking the question, “If criminals are read their rights, why are jurors not?” He refers to the Citizens Rule Book which can be ordered from FIJA in our Media Catalog. We invite you to take a moment during your lunch break today to distribute the link to […]

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Freedom Friday &Jury Nullification &Lunch Break for Liberty | 30 Jul 2010

Freedom Friday: Lunch Break for Liberty Online

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This week’s Freedom Friday video features tyranny buster Mike Benoit asking, “Do you want to get out of jury duty or do you want to help a fellow citizen escape the tyranny of government?” We suggest the latter. In Mike’s video, you will find out how you can do that. We invite you to take […]

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Freedom Friday &Jury Nullification &Lunch Break for Liberty | 25 Jun 2010

Freedom Friday: Lunch Break for Liberty Online

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This week’s Freedom Friday video features Maine Freedom Watchdogs making the case that jury nullification was intended by the United States’ founders as the people’s final check on the other branches of government. We invite you to take a moment during your lunch break today to distribute the link to this blog post to your […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 02 Jun 2010

The Human Right to Conscience

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To the Editor Please publish in full and with attribution. Helena, Montana The Human Right to Conscience Iloilo Jones, Executive Director, Fully Informed Jury Association Recently, making recommendations on certain ballot measures, Montana Human Rights network (MHRN) sent this message: “Sponsored by Darby’s Frank Kucera, CI-104 would require that juries be told that they can […]

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FIJActivist &Jury Nullification | 04 May 2010

Nullify This, by Rick Fisk

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Excerpt: “Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably thro’ every change of ministers, too plainly prove a deliberate, systematical plan of reducing us to slavery.” ~ Thomas Jefferson, 1774 For at least 40 years, modern […]

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