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Function of Juries & Jury Nullification | 11 Jul 2013

-Ask The Barrister, Jury Nullification


Jury BoxThe Niagra Falls Reporter answers a juror’s question about jury nullification:

Ask The Barrister, Jury Nullification

Jury nullification occurs when a jury, believing a defendant is guilty, nevertheless acquits or finds the defendant not guilty for reasons outside of the facts of the case.

Usually, because they don’t believe the law is just.

Every American should attempt to educate themselves on this power that we all wield.

Before I get into details, I will briefly answer your actual questions:

What should you do?

You should do what you think is right.

Will you get in trouble for not convicting the man and using jury nullification?

Absolutely not.

However, you could be potentially in trouble for discussing the case with outside sources during deliberations.

But since that is now moot, let’s move on to jury nullification.

Click through for the entire question and answer. This article highlights the importance of being educated about and confident in your rights as a juror BEFORE you get to the courthouse. Once you are deliberating on a jury, while you cannot be punished for your Not Guilt vote, jurors CAN potentially be punished for doing outside research during deliberations.