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FIJA in the News & Function of Juries & Jury Nullification | 13 May 2013

-FIJA (Fully Informed Jury Association) and Juror Rights

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Jury BoxLouis R. Jasikoff and John DiLiberto of the Wilkes-Barre Independent Gazette recently delivered a letter to Luzerne County, Pennsylvania judges inquiring into their views on jury nullification. The letter reads, in part:

FIJA (Fully Informed Jury Association) and Juror Rights

Our question to each of you is simple and straight to the point. Where do you stand on this issue? We would like to know what would happen in your courtroom if a defense attorney were to relate this nullification information notifying the jurors that they not only possessed the right to judge a case based on its facts, but to judge the law itself.

Would they be cited for contempt or face even harsher penalties?

We’re going to pose a hypothetical question and one for which we’d like a direct answer. It is not intended as a typical “gotcha” question, but intended only to get to the heart of the matter, and should clearly indicate your stance regarding jury nullification. We’re letting you know the question beforehand, so you have ample time to formulate your response.

In most courtrooms today the judge will instruct the jury to uphold the law as he presents it to them. Now, if Rosa Parks were to appear in your courtroom today, would you permit her defense attorney to instruct the jury regarding its prerogatives and obligations without fear of sanctions?

Click through for the entire letter.

Jasikoff and DiLiberto plan to publish any responses they receive in the Wilkes-Barre Independent Gazette. We look forward to it!

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