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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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Function of Juries | 17 Oct 2012

Occupy Portland Wins Right to [Some] Jury Trials

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We recently brought you news of an Oregon Appeals Court ruling regarding denial of a jury trial in the case of Tawanna Fuller. This ruling called into question legal maneuvering used by government officials to visibly brand accused persons as criminals in public while reducing their charges to mere violations which could be denied jury […]

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Function of Juries | 30 Sep 2012

Oregon Appeals Court Rules for More Jury Trials

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The Oregon Appeals Court has ruled that prosecutors may not simply make an end run around the Oregon Constitution by reducing criminal misdemeanor charges to violations on par with traffic tickets in order to deny defendants’ rights to trial by jury. Oregon appeals ruling on jury trials worries court officials about clogging overloaded justice system […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice | 04 Apr 2012

Judge Rejects Prosecutorial Request to Bar Free Speech Defense in Occupy Trial and Other Prosecutorial Shenanigans

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We recently brought you news of a case in Iowa in which a jury nullified a local rule, deciding in favor of the defendant on the basis that he was exercising his First Amendment rights. The jury ruled that the defendant’s exercise of his freedom of speech on public property took precedence over a locally […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice | 11 Mar 2012

Jury Nullifies in Favor of First Amendment in Another Occupy Case

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Another jury—this time in Polk County, Iowa—has nullified a state-imposed curfew that conflicted with the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. In a strange twist, the prosecutor reportedly asked the jury to nullify the First Amendment in favor of the local restriction, but the jury chose to uphold the higher law. Jury Reaches Verdict […]

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