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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 18 Feb 2014

-Are Unjust Laws Enforceable? Understanding Jury Nullification

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With the introduction of New Hampshire’s HB 1452 in the legislature this year, jury nullification is once again in the news in New Hampshire. Jeff Woodburn discusses it in the March edition of New Hampshire Magazine. Understanding Jury Nullification The times are changing. Polls consistently show a growing majority of people support marijuana legalization. The […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 18 Feb 2014

-Misinformation in “Jury Nullification: The Law You Won’t Be Told”

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While we’re happy to see a video on jury nullification getting lots of views, it unfortunately contains some incorrect and misleading information, which we will address here: 1. “A video, such as this one, simply acknowledging the existence of jury nullification and in no way advocating it is totally okay… So why can’t you do […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 18 Feb 2014

-Disabled Vet Seeks Jury Nullification in Medical Marijuana Case

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We’ve previously brought you news of the Bellingham 3 in the state of Washington who are being prosecuted for offenses related to providing medical marijuana. Even though Washington has since legalized marijuana even for recreational use, they are still being legally pursued by prosecutors. Their case is coming up in April. Across the country, there […]

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Function of Juries &History of Jury Nullification &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 17 Feb 2014

-Jury Nullification and the Rescue of Shadrach Minkins

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Now that we all know that fugitive slaves themselves were not freed by juries, but rather those who helped rescue them and were subsequently charged under the Fugitive Slave Act, let’s delve into the actual rescue of Shadrach Minkins. The Fugitive Slave Act was a critical part of the Compromise of 1850, designed to maintain […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 15 Feb 2014

-If You Learn One Thing About Jury Nullification Today, It Should Be This

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Today is an important anniversary in the history of jury nullification. On this day in 1851, on a rainy Saturday morning, federal agents stalked and arrested alleged fugitive Shadrach Minkins, who was at the time working at the Cornhill Coffee House in Boston, Massachusetts. Minkins’ arrest came just a few months after passage of the […]

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Function of Juries | 10 Feb 2014

-Prosecutor Chummy with Government Chemist Who Tampered with Evidence

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There is no shortage of evidence that prosecutors are not looking for the truth, but rather for the convictions they depend on for career advancement. This article about a massive evidence-tampering scandal uncovered last year at the Hinton Lab in Jamaica Plain in Massachusetts reveals one prosecutor’s chummy relationship with the government chemist who delivered […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 07 Feb 2014

-Guilty on Lesser-Included Charges Can Be a Form of Jury Nullification

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A group of activists known as the NATO 3, after facing 40 years in prison each for a largely government-manufactured plot, have now been acquitted by jurors of the more serious terrorism charges levied against them by prosecutors in the first use of several of Illinois’ version of the USA PATRIOT Act, hastily-passed after 9/11. […]

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Jury Nullification | 03 Feb 2014

-Jurors Can Exercise the Power of Pardon with Jury Nullification

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Jesse Webster, with no prior criminal record, was convicted of conspiring to distribute cocaine. Due to mandatory minimums, he was sentenced to life without parole. Judge James Zagel thought the mandatory minimum was too harsh-20 years or so was what he would have sentenced this man to for a first-time, victimless offense. Now the U.S. […]

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FIJA in the News &Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 26 Jan 2014

-Jury Nullification Can End the Drug War Today

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Thanks to David Downs for a link to FIJA in this recent article in the East Bay Express about the power of jury nullification as a tool to end the war on drugs. This Powerful Jury Tool Can End the Drug War Today A New Hampshire bill introduced in the legislature this month would require […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 26 Jan 2014

-Jury Nullification Is a Seldom-Discussed Safeguard

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Some 43 years later and well beyond the statute of limitations for burglary, five of the eight peace activists who broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania on 8 March 1971 have come forward in the wake of the mass surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden’s leaks of NSA documents. The documents obtained through the […]

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FIJA in the News &Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 22 Jan 2014

-Jury Nullification: Another Path to ‘Not Guilty’

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Thank you to the Wall Street Journal‘s Ashby Jones for this informative article about jury nullification, focusing on New Hampshire’s HB 1452 which was recently introduced in the New Hampshire legislature. HB 1452 “requires the court to give an instruction to the jury regarding jury nullification and requires the court to declare a mistrial if […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 22 Jan 2014

-Jail Sentence Stayed in Non-Jury Conviction for Sign Ordinance Violation

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We have an update to the David Mongielo jail sentence for an alleged sign ordinance violation. Mongielo was scheduled to report to jail Wednesday afternoon to begin serving a 10-day sentence delivered Tuesday for allegedly breaking a term of the conditional discharge of a previous non-jury conviction for an alleged sign ordinance violation. The town […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 22 Jan 2014

-Jail Time for Non-Jury Trial Sign Ordinance Conviction

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We have an update in the ongoing cases of David Mongielo, who is fighting a local sign ordinance that criminalizes and provides jail time for having a sign that changes too frequently to suit town officials’ whims. Mongielo was initially convicted of a sign ordinance violation in 2010 for allegedly having a sign that changes […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 20 Jan 2014

-Professor Paul Butler Calls for Jury Nullification by Martin Luther King Jurors

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One may well ask: “How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?” The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 17 Jan 2014

-Nun and Two Others Face up to 30 Years for Peace Activism

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Thanks to Jim Babb, we have a follow-up to our Summer 2013 report on the “Transform Now Plowshares” peace activists. We previously brought you news that peace activists Sister Megan Rice, 83, Michael Walli, 64, and Greg Boertje-Obed, 56, were convicted this past May of willful destruction of government property and injuring national defense premises […]

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