Thank you for your interest in the independent juror’s role in protecting human rights and safeguarding justice, and in the educational work of the Fully Informed Jury Association to inform everyone of jurors’ traditional, legal authority to conscientiously acquit by jury nullification when a just verdict requires it.

John Adams, signer of the Declaration of Independence and second president of the United States, said of the juror in 1771: “It is not only his right, but his duty… to find the verdict according to his own best understanding, judgment, and conscience, though in direct opposition to the direction of the court.” The highest function of the juror is not to dispense punishment to fellow citizens for breaking the law, but rather to protect us all from unjust laws and malicious prosecutions pursued by power-hungry government employees. Jurors protect society from dangerous individuals, but primarily, jurors protect individuals from dangerous government.

Prosecutors, judges, arresting officers, and investigators in most cases, all receive their paychecks from government, with their compensation and career prospects dependent on convictions to keep the legal system busy and prisons full. Corruption is given incentive. Jurors have no such stake in the outcome, and are the most objective individuals in the courtroom. Good conscience among jurors, not corrupted by power of government office, can recognize when a person’s action has not harmed anyone deserves no punishment.

The authority and right of jurors to consider the merits of the law and to render a verdict based on conscience dates back centuries, even predating our own Constitution. The Magna Carta in 1215 specifically appointed jurors to protect people against government abuses of power. In the 1670 case of William Penn, the king’s judge demanded a guilty verdict, but the jurors refused to convict, even after being jailed for their refusal. In freeing the jailed jurors, a higher court subsequently affirmed and firmly established that the authority of the juror is above the authority of the judge for our system of law. The newly founded American government, created with the intent to defend the rights of the people, enshrined the authority of the juror above the authority of government judges.

We, as jurors, all have this authority still today! Jurors who are informed of their right to refuse to enforce unjust laws and prosecutions, and who have the fortitude not to be intimidated by those bent on conviction, are the last peaceful defense of our liberties.

Please read and share the materials linked below in this Jury Power Information Kit, and discuss them with others. Browse our website to learn more. We hope you will join with us in this critical effort with your time and support the protection of liberty and human rights with your tax-deductible contribution. Thank you!

Fresh Air for Justice (.pdf)
Who Owns Your Body? (.pdf)
Jury Protection for the Second Amendment (.pdf)
A Primer for Prospective Jurors (.pdf)
Your Jury Rights: True of False? (.pdf)
Surviving Voir Dire (.pdf)

You may also order a complementary hard copy
of this kit including all of the brochures linked above
by calling 1-800-TEL-JURY.