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FIJA Calendar & Jury Nullification | 19 Jun 2014

-FIJA Panel on Jury Nullification at Dudley Branch Library in Roxbury, MA


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Dudley Branch Library
65 Warren St.
Roxbury, MA
Thursday, 19 June at 6:00 pm

The Massachusetts Department of Corrections reports that over the last decade its prison population increased by 9%. More than eight black people and more than six Hispanic people are incarcerated for each white person in prion or jail in Massachusetts, a state whose population is more than 80% white. Over a third of all people incarcerated by the state are there for non-violent offenses, with more than 90% serving a sentence of greater than three years. A majority of incarcerated drug offenders are serving sentences related to mandatory minimum sentencing schemes. Years after officials learned of massive misconduct in the state’s Hinton drug lab that helped implicate tens of thousands of defendants, it is still unclear how many defendants are wrongly imprisoned as a result of that criminal misconduct.

Massachusetts is on an unconscionable trajectory of irreparably damaging families and communities, wasting tax dollars, perpetrating grave social injustices, and assaulting individual liberties. In this panel discussion, we will go into detail about jurors’ right of conscientious acquittal through jury nullification and its use as a tool to push back against the prison state in Massachusetts.

Kirsten Tynan is the Executive Director of the Fully Informed Jury Association. She will give a primer on your right as a juror to conscientiously acquit through jury nullification when a just verdict requires it, and how to maximize your likelihood of having the chance to exercise it. Jehu Eaves was one of the organizers of the community response to the brutal Greensboro Massacre in 1979. He witnessed in a very personal way the gross inadequacy of the legal system in restoring justice in trials decided by all-white juries. Later in life, he had the opportunity to serve on a jury that ended up acquitting a defendant, gaining firsthand insight into the workings of the jury system. He will discuss how his view of jury nullification has evolved over the years and how conscientious acquittal can be used in pursuit of social justice.