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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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Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 17 Mar 2014

-Jury Nullification and the Saint Patrick’s Day Four

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On March 17, 2003, the United States was on the brink of war with Iraq, using as an excuse the ominous specter of weapons of mass destruction that even the government would later admit did not exist. Believing they had exhausted all other remedies working within the system to prevent the mass destruction and atrocities [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 14 Mar 2014

-Jurors: Be Skeptical of Snitches

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Alexandra Natapoff, author of Snitching: Criminal Informants and the Erosion of American Justice, defines snitching as “the practice by which offenders—criminal suspects and defendants—can trade away their own liability or shorten their sentences or get other benefits from the government by giving them information.” Watch this five minute video to learn how pervasive snitching is, [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 10 Mar 2014

-Americans Can Protect Each Other with Jury Nullification

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Colorado state contact Alexander Daube asks: Can Americans Protect Each Other From Abusive Laws? We Americans are buried under a vast mountain of laws, and it is growing every year. With so many laws anyone can inadvertently violate one, falling prey to what is called “overcriminalization.” As CBN terms it in a video series titled: [...]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 10 Mar 2014

-Judicial Retribution Against Mongielo After Jury Acquits Him?

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We have been following the case of Lockport, New York business owner David Mongielo for over a year now, who faces a possible jail sentence allegedly for violating a town sign ordinance with a sign whose message changed too frequently. Mongielo was initially convicted of sign ordinance violations by a judge, but another judge overturned [...]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 07 Mar 2014

-Jury Finds Woman Not Guilty of Assaulting Officer

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Who do you suppose would have gotten the benefit of the doubt—even given the total lack of any evidence of wrongdoing—had government officials been the ultimate judges instead of an independent jury? Jury Finds Woman Not Guilty of Assaulting Officer A Lancaster County jury found a 32-year-old woman not guilty of assaulting a Lincoln police [...]

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FIJA in the News &Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 06 Mar 2014

-Jury Nullification Comments, Link to FIJA on Facebook Prompt Jury Tampering Charge

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In a case the defendant’s attorney says is motivated by the proximity of a March 18 primary election in which his client is a contender, Luke Lamb has been charged with unlawful communication with a juror for sharing a link to the FIJA website and making comments about jury nullification to someone who apparently requested [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 06 Mar 2014

-Incarcerated Man Shares Insights with Jurors

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This letter from Ray Jasper, scheduled to be executed on March 19, is a part of a series entitled Letters from Death Row. Here we excerpt a short passage that is particularly informative for jurors, who should be aware as they deliberate the fate of a person accused of a crime the seriousness and severity [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 05 Mar 2014

-U.S. Seeks Ruling in Terror Trial to Prevent Jury Nullification

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Last March, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, pleaded Not Guilty in a civilian court to conspiring to kill United States nationals. Additional charges were added to the indictment this past December of providing material support and resources to terrorists, and conspiracy to provide such support and resources. As the trial finally gets [...]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 04 Mar 2014

-Jury Acquits Minnesota Man of Filming Police

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In less than 90 minutes, a Minnesota jury acquitted Andrew Henderson of filming police and an ambulance crew. When Henderson refused to identify himself to a sheriff’s deputy, the deputy confiscated his camera. While the camera was in police custody, the video footage that he expected to use as evidence in his defense mysteriously disappeared. [...]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 04 Mar 2014

-Jurors: Beware of Being Too Cooperative

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What is with grand juries these days? A recent article in the Charlotte Observer mathematically analyzed the assembly line style of the Mecklenburg County grand jury- a meaningless process has become typical of today’s grand juries: Officer Kerrick’s indictment reveals grand jury debate During a single four-hour workday last week, a Mecklenburg County grand jury [...]

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FIJA in the News &Jury Nullification | 03 Mar 2014

-Jury Nullification on the Progressive Radio Network

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Kirsten Tynan of the Fully Informed Jury Association and Poppy Sidhu, one of the Bellingham 3 charged with medical marijuana violations in Washington who has called for jury nullification, were recently interviewed on the Progressive Radio Network in the second segment of a program called Leid Stories by Utrice Leid. Our segment starts at about [...]

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