Pardon our mess!
We are in the process of upgrading and reorganizing the Library, and this page is currently undergoing changes. The attached files at the bottom of this page (listed under Old Essays and Editorials Page) are being converted into web pages for easier accessibility and reading. As we get them converted, you’ll see links to their respective new pages along with new material that we are adding as we go under the heading New and Converted Documents. Once all the documents are converted, the file listing a the bottom of this page will be removed, and we’ll organize all the material into some more convenient order, once we determine what would be most useful.

New and Converted Documents

From the Diary of John Adams on the Right of Juries
Notes from the Diary of John Adams on the right of juries to judge the law as well as the facts in a case before them.

Vices Are Not Crimes by Lysander Spooner
Spooner argues that offending another’s sensibilities or acting against one’s own best interest, do not constitute crimes but only vices.

Forgotten Sentinel by Harvey Wysong
The author reminds us that the jury must stand guard as a sentinel in protection of rights and against unjust and malicious prosecutions.

Criminal Courts Have Quietly Moved from “May” Convict to “Must” Convict Jury Instructions by Roger I. Roots, J.D., Ph.D.
FIJA Advisory Board member Dr. Roger Roots traces the evolution of the treatment of jury nullification in jury instructions, which today often falsely instruct jurors that they “must” convict.

Many Things Were Missing from the Rosenthal Trial by Iloilo Jones
Former FIJA executive director Iloilo Jones details the absence of fully informed jurors, in addition to the absence of relevant facts, in the trial of Ed Rosenthal.

Letter to the New Hampshire Telegraph Editor by Iloilo Jones
Former FIJA executive director Iloilo Jones discusses the full function of juries and the crucial role of fully informed jurors in protecting our communities.

The Power of One Juror to Protect your Rights by Robert Thornton
Robert Thornton discusses the importance of unanimous verdicts in criminal cases, especially for firearms owners.

Book Review of Stealth Juror by Trent Hammerstein reviewed by Don Doig

Old Essays and Editorials Page

Outside Sources:
Suja A. ThomasScholarly papers and essays found at the Social Science Research Network.  The author writes on the intent and practice of the Seventh Amendment. These are excellent essays well worth the time to read.

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  Jury Nullification in Conscience Cases, William M. Kunstler
» 886.4 KiB - 1,889 hits - February 8, 2011
Essay by William. M. Kunstler that appeared in the Virginia Journal of International Law.

  The Importance of the Skeptical Jury, Clay S. Conrad
» 5.2 KiB - 1,503 hits - April 10, 2009
On June 4, 2003, Edward Rosenthal was sentenced to one day in prison for growing marijuana. Rosenthal is clearly guilty. If the law is to...

  FIJA and the Second Amendment, Don Doig
» 7.7 KiB - 1,466 hits - April 10, 2009
We frequently hear the proposition that in the line of defense of our liberties, first is the ballot box, then the soap box, then the jury box, and finally, failing all else, the cartridge box...

  Increase in Jury Nullification Verdicts Seen, Don Doig
» 6.3 KiB - 1,604 hits - April 10, 2009
It's nice to know that years of effort by thousands of FIJA activists, involving thousands of news articles, media interviews, letters to the editor, scholarly articles and the distribution...

  St. Patrick's Four Found Not Guilty of Conspiracy Charge
» 2.1 KiB - 1,321 hits - April 10, 2009

  Empowering the Jury as the Fourth Branch of Government, Justice William Goodloe
» 74.5 KiB - 2,630 hits - April 10, 2009

  Letter to the New Hampshire Telegraph Editor, Iloilo Jones
» 3.4 KiB - 1,338 hits - April 10, 2009
Sir: It is impossible for juries to render just and informed verdicts if the full knowledge of their powers of discretion are hidden from them. Jurors have both a duty and a responsibility...

  Many Things Were Missing from the Rosenthal Trial, Iloilo Jones
» 6.0 KiB - 1,055 hits - April 10, 2009
More than facts were missing from the Federal Courtroom where Ed Rosenthal was tried and convicted last month. An informed jury was missing, and had been carefully excluded during the process of jury...

  The Power of One Juror to Protect Your Rights, Robert Thornton
» 32.0 KiB - 892 hits - April 10, 2009
A timely article about changes in the law which allow convictions with less than unanimous jury verdicts.

  Trial By Jury
» 507.6 KiB - 993 hits - April 10, 2009

  Forgotten Sentinel, Harvey Wysong
» 102.0 KiB - 1,310 hits - April 10, 2009