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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 30 Jul 2015

-Jury Nullification for Carriker in Ridiculous Felony Murder Case

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I got news this afternoon from Joe Grumbine of The Human Solution International of a Not Guilty verdict in the case of Kyler Carriker, accused of felony murder. “This whole case was about jury nullification and bad law,” Joe reports. Carriker was not involved with the killing, but was charged under a state law that [...]

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Jury Nullification | 28 Jul 2015

-Man Sharing Jury Nullification Information Arrested in Denver

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We got word yesterday from Occupy Denver that jury rights educator Mark Iannicelli was arrested while handing out jury nullification literature at the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse in Denver and charged with jury tampering. Occupier Mark Iannicelli charged with jury tampering for distributing fliers about jury nullification at courthouse Soft-spoken activist Mark Iannicelli sits in the Denver [...]

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Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 19 Jul 2015

-Colorado Jury Says No to State’s Marijuana DUI Limit

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A Denver medical marijuana patient has been acquitted by a jury of a marijuana-related DUI after being pulled over for having an expired license plate tag—not for unsafe driving. She identified herself as a medical marijuana patient when the officer who pulled her over indicated that he smelled marijuana. A blood test indicated a THC [...]

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FIJA in the News &Jury Health Project &Jury Nullification | 13 Jul 2015

-Fellow Updates: Media Outreach, Jury Health Project

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Hello, FIJA supporters! Last month I introduced myself to you and explained a bit about my role at FIJA as the 2015 Summer Fellow. Today I’d like to give you an update on some of what I’ve been doing so far. Research for the Jury Health Project is well underway at this point, and I’ve [...]

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History of Jury Nullification &Jury Nullification | 15 Jun 2015

-Know Your Roots, Know Your Jury Rights

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Happy Magna Carta Day! Today marks the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta in 1215 at Runnymede. Now that I’m getting the hang of this after a couple of short broadcasts, I invite everyone to join us at 8 past the hour throughout the day for a series of short broadcasts on [...]

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Jury Nullification | 12 Jun 2015

-Queer Liberation and Jury Nullification

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It’s June, and for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community, that means it’s Pride month. All around the world throughout June, pride parades and pride festivals celebrate our identities, our lives, our culture, our progress in smashing stigmas, and our resistance to oppression. That last part, resistance, is absolutely crucial. Pride is [...]

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Jury Nullification | 12 Jun 2015

-Nathan Goodman to Serve as FIJA Fellow

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Hello, FIJA supporters! My name is Nathan Goodman, and I will be joining the Fully Informed Jury Association this summer as a Fellow, conducting research for FIJA’s new Jury Health Project. I’ll be studying various issues related to the right to trial by jury as they vary across the federal, state, and Washington, DC court [...]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 10 Jun 2015

-Possible Jury Nullification in Las Vegas MMJ Case

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Late last month, a jury acquitted Steven Ficano on two felony charges, possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to sell. Ficano grows marijuana for medicinal use, and at the time of his arrest in 2012, he had both a medical marijuana license and a note from his doctor explaining the quantity of [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 04 Jun 2015

-Randy England On Jury Nullification When He Was A Prosecutor

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In last night’s episode of Freedom Feens, available for online listening here, Randy England spends some time discussing his experience with jury nullification from the prosecutor’s side of the courtroom. The jury nullification discussion comes up in the segment starting about an hour in, but there is extensive discussion of the recent Ross Ulbricht case [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 28 May 2015

-Supreme Court to Consider Exclusion of Black Jurors in Death Penalty Case

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This week the United States Supreme Court accepted for consideration the case of Foster v. Humphrey, regarding Georgia prosecutors’ use of peremptory challenges to strike every black juror in the jury pool in the defendant’s case. Then 18-year-old, black defendant Timothy Tyrone Foster went on to be convicted of the murder of a white woman [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 06 May 2015

-States Preserve Jury Rights with Asset Forfeiture Reform

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Just yesterday, Governor Steve Bullock signed Montana’s HB 463, a civil asset forfeiture reform bill, into law, following in the footsteps of Governor Susana Martinez who signed New Mexico’s HB 560 in April. HB 463 was passed with only 8 representatives and 1 senator opposed in Montana, and HB 560 was passed unanimously through both [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 27 Apr 2015

-Texas Appeals Court Upholds Jury Instructions

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Last week we reported news of a San Antonio trial that was temporarily halted as prosecutors appealed the judge’s decision to allow the jury to consider a lesser included offense of simple assault in a case that resulted in a death. In this case, an unnamed juvenile, who was being picked on at school reportedly [...]

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Jury Nullification | 20 Apr 2015

-Stimson Verdict Not An Anti-Jury Nullification Statement

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Last month, a jury convicted Todd Stimson of multiple, victimless, marijuana-related offenses, in connection with his business The Blue Ridge Medical Cannabis Research Corp. that ran openly for years, complete with business licenses from and paying taxes to the government. There were many problems with the evidence in his trial including decomposed and moldy evidence, [...]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 17 Apr 2015

-How Prosecutors Can Control Jury Nullification through Jury Instructions

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The trial of a San Antonio juvenile has been interrupted by an emergency stay just short of closing arguments, as the prosecutor and defense attorney take their dispute over jury instructions to an appeals court. An unnamed teen is being tried in connection with the death of a classmate. Witnesses in the case reportedly testified [...]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice | 13 Apr 2015

-Is Juror Skepticism of Police Testimony on the Rise?

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In the wake of numerous, high-profile cases involving questionable police conduct, are jurors becoming more skeptical of testimony from law enforcement? Beth Hundsdorfer reports in the Belleville News-Democrat that jurors may be the case in St. Clair County, Illinois. St. Clair County is part of the Greater St. Louis metropolitan area, along with Ferguson, Missouri, [...]

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