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History of Jury Nullification &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 06 Dec 2016

-How Jury Nullification Contributed to Emancipation (and How Government Tried to Thwart It)

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Today marks the anniversary of one of two amendments to the U.S. Constitution that came about in part due to jury nullification—the Thirteenth Amendment, also referred to as Emancipation. During great turmoil in the U.S. over private ownership of other human beings, Daniel Webster led the charge to maintain slavery and keep the country together […]

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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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Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 11 Feb 2013

-Happy Hour: Thank the Nullifiers

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In this article about the role of nullification in the repeal of Prohibition, Steve Palmer of the Tenth Amendment Center cites the role of jury nullification, alongside other types of nullification, in restoring order. He points out that it was not nullification that resulted in chaos and disorder in society, but government-imposed Prohibition that did […]

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