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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 12 May 2014

-Judge ‘Edits’ Case Heard by Jury

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There has been much outcry over the conviction and imprisonment of Occupy activist Cecily McMillan, including a letter from 9 out of 12 of her jurors themselves begging the judge not to include any incarceration in her sentence. Given that he currently has her locked up at Rikers Island before she has even been sentenced, […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 09 May 2014

-Jurors Beg Judge Not To Send OWS Protester To Prison

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Thanks to Dawn Peterson-Smith and Steve Silverman for these articles on the Cecily McMillan conviction we reported on earlier this week. Upon returning to the real world after being relatively isolated during the four-week trial, several jurors expressed their shock over the possibility that the person they just convicted could go to jail for as […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 07 May 2014

-Occupy Trial Jurors Express Shock and Remorse Over Verdict

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The four-week trial of Occupy activist Cecily McMillan wrapped up this week, with the jury delivering a verdict of Guilty on a charge of felony assault on a police officer. According to supporters and the defendant, Cecily was herself attacked by the police officer and reacted instinctively to protect herself from a sexual assault: “Seized […]

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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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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice | 22 Feb 2012

Occupy L.A.: A Case of Jury Nullification

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As Occupy protesters have exercised their First Amendment rights across the country, hundreds of arrests have been made by police and numerous charges against them have been filed by government attorneys at taxpayer expense. Many of these cases are settled by protesters giving up their right to a jury trial and simply pleading guilty and […]

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