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Courts around the country are taking an on again, off again approach to allowing trials by jury. Many have record backlogs after suspending trials by jury with no relief to those accused for 12-16 months or more. We even have a short list of courts that have conducted ZERO trials by jury since the start of the pandemic. Yet the government continues to give itself almost unlimited passes for violating speedy trial rights.
While in many places conditions continue to be deemed too dangerous for jurors to congregate for a few days, filthy jails remain overcrowded with people who have not been tried or convicted. Evidence is now emerging that not only are those who might benefit from jury nullification pleading guilty in higher numbers to avoid a de facto pretrial death sentence from COVID-19, but EVEN MORE FACTUALLY INNOCENT PEOPLE ARE TAKING PLEAS JUST TO ESCAPE!
It is no exaggeration to say that we are at this very moment witnessing indefinite detention of U.S. citizens who have not been tried or convicted in our very own jails.
Please make your most generous donation today to help sound the alarm on these unjust rights violations and ensure this does NOT become "the new normal".
As has always been our policy, FIJA has maintained its independence throughout the entire pandemic by taking no funds from government. FIJA has not participated in the Paycheck Protection Program established by the CARES Act or any other government loan, government grant, or other government assistance program. Your voluntary donations make possible FIJA's work of restoring fully informed juries for all!
Please make your contribution here on our website or by mail to the address below.
Your generous donation is MOST APPRECIATED and will be put to good use.
Kirsten C. Tynan
P.S. If you prefer to mail your donation, please send it to:
P.O. Box 5570
Helena, MT 59604
"When I read the stories of people's lives who are destroyed by a legal system run amok, I despair. It is when reading about lives saved by heroic juries who have the courage and wisdom to render a just verdict, regardless of the law, that I take heart and know that we are progressing as humans. Contributing to FIJA is one of the most important things I do to promote justice and well being for my fellow man."