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Function of Juries & History of Jury Nullification & Jury Nullification & Jury Rights Day | 05 Sep 2014

-When Jurors Judge the Law


JRD_yellow_square_445x446Jury Rights Day and specifically the outreach event in Asheville are getting some news coverage in North Carolina! Richmond County Daily Journal reporter William Toler has written up an excellent article on the occasion:

When Jurors Judge the Law

Despite being fined and imprisoned, a jury refused to follow the judge’s order to return a guilty verdict against William Penn.

It is this landmark case from September 1670 that is celebrated each Sept. 5 as Jury Rights Day.

This year there are 30 events nationwide, including one in Asheville, informing jurors on the right to “render a general verdict based on conscience, including setting aside the law when a just verdict requires it,” according to Kirsten Tynan, executive director of the Fully Informed Jury Association.

Click through to read the entire article.

If you are in the Asheville, North Carolina area today, don’t miss Jury Rights Day outreach at the Buncombe County Courthouse!