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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice | 14 Apr 2014

-Jury Acquits Former Firefighter of Weapons-Related Charges

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Former South Jersey firefighter Sam McGraw faced a 5-year prison sentence for victimless offenses related to defensively carrying a shotgun as he went outside to investigate suspicious activity that led him to fear for his family’s safety. Rather than burglars, the intruders turned out to be police Former Firefighter Acquitted After Mistaking Police for Burglars […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 13 Apr 2014

-New Jersey 4/20 Smoke Out Highlights Jury Nullification

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We received the below press release from Ed “NJWeedman” Forchion regarding an upcoming event on April 20 at the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton, NJ. Jawara McIntosh, aka Tosh1, will join Ed at the NJ420 Rally calling attention to various issues surrounding marijuana law and enforcement in New Jersey, including jurors’ right to exercise jury […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 13 Apr 2014

-Jury Nullification Can Veto Prison Profiteering

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An article in the Republic Report comments on the curious nature of lobbying being done by for-profit prison interests that profit from captive labor forced to work FAR below market wages. Are Prison Labor Companies Lobbying to Keep Prisoners in Jail for Nonviolent Offenses? In recent months, a broad, cross-ideological coalition has pressed forward to […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 11 Apr 2014

-Judges Okay Juror Intent on Convicting before Hearing Evidence

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Judge Seated Juror Who Declared Defendant Guilty Before Trial Jose Felipe Velasco insists Orange County Judge David A. Hoffer cheated him out of a fair trial by placing a juror on the supposedly neutral citizen’s panel after she repeatedly declared the defendant guilty before hearing any evidence. Velasco, who is serving a prison term of […]

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Function of Juries | 10 Apr 2014

-Occupy St. Louis Protester Acquitted

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Occupy St. Louis protester acquitted of assault after alleging police brutality An Occupy St. Louis protester, Scott O’Rourke, was acquitted Wednesday of assaulting a police officer after raising claims that it was in fact the officer who had beat him. It is the third acquittal of an Occupy protester on assault charges. Two prior defendants […]

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Jury Nullification | 10 Apr 2014

-Alaska Jury Nullification Bill HB 315 Hearing Scheduled

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We have word from Alaska State Contact Frank Turney that a hearing is scheduled for Alaska’s jury nullification bill as follows: HB 315 Monday, 14 April 2014 1:00 pm Alaska time State Capitol, Room 120 Call in number: 1-800-468-2186 Those who can’t call in may e-mail the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee: Representative.Wes.Keller@akleg.gov This […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 28 Mar 2014

-Thoughts On State Con-Cons

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FIJA Board Member Margi Crook shares her thoughts on constitutional conventions, in light of a recent resolution passed by the Georgia state legislature calling for a constitutional convention under Article V of the U.S. Constitution. Thoughts On State Con-Cons My first thought on hearing that the Georgia legislature has passed a resolution to hold a […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 26 Mar 2014

-Jury Finds Woman Not Guilty of Registering to Vote

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A formerly incarcerated woman was acquitted last week of an offense that could have put her back in prison for up to fifteen years—registering to vote. After serving time for a victimless drug offense, Iowa resident Kelli Jo Griffin believed, based on what had previously been the state’s policy, that her voting eligibility would automatically […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 25 Mar 2014

-Hearing for Alaska Jury Nullification Bill on Wednesday

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Many thanks to long-time FIJA activist and state contact Frank Turney for alerting us to HB 315, now making its way through the legislative process in Alaska. FIJA does not endorse or oppose any piece of legislation, but we do track these bills to keep everyone informed. Frank tells us that Alaska’s HB 315 will […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 25 Mar 2014

-Our Criminal Justice System Has Become a Crime

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In this editorial, Glenn Harlan Reynolds argues in USA Today that there is little justice in our so-called “justice” system, with the jury trials that are so common on television and in the movies being the exception in real life and abusive overcharging in order to coerce people into plea bargains being the rule. Our […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 24 Mar 2014

-Jury Nullification: The Second Amendment’s Last Stand

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As states around the country add to the ever increasing pile of regulations regarding firearms and ammunition, greatly expanding opportunities for peaceful people to be caught up in a legal morass (for example, this proponent of gun regulation who ran afoul of the very measure he worked to get passed), this article argues for jury […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 23 Mar 2014

-Appeal for Trial by Jury in Sign Ordinance Case Goes Forward

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A few days ago, we reported on the convoluted situation in the case of David Mongielo, who risks going to jail for allegedly violating a town sign ordinance with a sign that changed messages too frequently. The sentence in his case had been stayed while he appealed the conviction by a judge after he was […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 20 Mar 2014

-Judges Circumvent Jury Verdicts with Sentencing for Acquitted Conduct

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Did you know that even if a jury finds a defendant outright Not Guilty on some charges, a judge may still be able to increase the defendant’s sentence for Guilty verdicts based on the conduct of which the jury explicitly acquitted him? Consider the case of Antwuan Ball, acquitted of every single one of the […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 19 Mar 2014

-San Diego Jury Acquits Couple in Medical Marijuana Case

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Good news AGAIN in San Diego, this time in the medical marijuana case of Dennis and Deborah Little, whose dire medical situation includes HIV/AIDS, cancer, arthritis, neuropathy, and more. Jurors found the Littles Not Guilty on charges of possession of marijuana for sale and of cultivation of marijuana. Click through for the transcript. (Note: audio […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 18 Mar 2014

-Mongielo May Be Headed to Jail for Clerical Error

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David Mongielo may begin a 10-day jail sentence as early as Friday, effectively serving time in jail for a clerical error made by his attorney’s office. We recently posted this update on the case, asking whether this is actually judicial retribution against Mongielo after a jury acquitted him? Town clerk says Mongielo appeal error wasn’t […]

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