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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 20 Jan 2014

-Professor Paul Butler Calls for Jury Nullification by Martin Luther King Jurors

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One may well ask: “How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?” The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 17 Jan 2014

-Nun and Two Others Face up to 30 Years for Peace Activism

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Thanks to Jim Babb, we have a follow-up to our Summer 2013 report on the “Transform Now Plowshares” peace activists. We previously brought you news that peace activists Sister Megan Rice, 83, Michael Walli, 64, and Greg Boertje-Obed, 56, were convicted this past May of willful destruction of government property and injuring national defense premises […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 15 Jan 2014

-Wisconsin Assembly Passes 12-Member Jury in ALL Criminal Cases

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FIJA National does not endorse or oppose any political party, candidate, or piece of legislation. We do, however, track for informational and educational purposes legislation regarding jury issues. The Wisconsin State Assembly yesterday passed a bill replacing the current provision for a 6-person jury with a provision for 12-member juries in ALL criminal cases: Wisconsin […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 13 Jan 2014

-Sentenced To Life In Prison For Selling Marijuana

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Life in prison in the harshest sentence possible short of the death penalty in our criminal legal system. In every one of these cases, where a life sentence was passed on someone who had harmed nobody, a single juror in each trial could have prevented that sentence from being imposed with a Not Guilty vote, […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 11 Jan 2014

-Would Fully Informed Jurors Have Changed Aaron Swartz’ Mind?

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Today is the anniversary of the death of Aaron Swartz who took his own life after being hounded mercilessly by prosecutors stacking up criminal charges against him in a matter that was settled privately to the satisfaction of the party who claimed to have been harmed. Rather than let the matter go when the aggrieved […]

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Function of Juries | 10 Jan 2014

-Non-unanimous Judges Can Overturn Unanimous Jury Sentences in Florida

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Florida is another state where the judgment of a 12-member jury for life without parole instead of the death penalty can be ignored and replaced with death by a single judge. In this case, the lead shooter, convicted in 1978 with a jury recommending a death sentence, avoided execution until 2013. On the other hand, […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 10 Jan 2014

-Alabama Judges Can Override Juries to Impose Death Sentences

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Did you know that in Alabama, not only are independent-minded jurors screened out of capital cases through death qualification of juries, but that even when these rigged juries want to impose a penalty of life without parole, a single judge can override twelve verdicts from jurors? 95 times so far Alabama judges have served up […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 18 Dec 2013

-Jury Nullification: The True Duty of a Jury

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Why would a conscientious non-voter be a proponent of participating in the legal system as a juorr? Josie the Outlaw explains, as she discusses the true duty of the juror to conscientiously acquit through jury nullification when the law is unjust or unjustly applied. She explains how judges intentionally lie and cheat in order to […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 06 Dec 2013

-Private Prisons Drive Need for Jurors to Understand Jury Nullification

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What is driving the high rate of incarceration, which is largely populated with non-violent offenders who have committed victimless offenses but have harmed nobody? For-profit incarceration. In fact, some states are contractually obligated to provide a certain quota of prisoners to private prisons, regardless of the actual crime rates. What?!? Private Prisons Suing States for […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 13 Nov 2013

-Jury Nullification Can Stop Abuses in Virginia’s Unfair Legal System

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Today the Justice Policy Institute released a report characterizing Virginia’s justice system as expensive, ineffective, and unfair. Despite decreasing violent crime rates, consist with the rest of the country, the number of arrests in Virginia has barely budged, dropping a mere 1.1%, says JPI. Virginia’s Justice System: Expensive, Ineffective and Unfair With the 8th highest […]

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Function of Juries | 10 Nov 2013

-Is Mixing Drug and Weapons Charges a Strategy to Undermine Jury Rights?

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More and more I’m noticing cases that involve BOTH drug and firearms charges, including this one in which a Seattle robbery victim who was tied up and held at gunpoint is being charged for both marijuana- and firearm-related offenses because he defensively shot at the people who broke into his home and stole pot and […]

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Function of Juries | 09 Nov 2013

-Anderson Case Illustrates for Jurors Bias in the Courtroom

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Jurors should understand the case of disgraced former Williamson County, Texas district attorney Ken Anderson as a telling illustration of how the legal system is tilted in favor of prosecution. Ken Anderson to serve 10 days in jail Former Williamson County district attorney Ken Anderson will serve 10 days in jail and give up his […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 08 Nov 2013

-Jury Nullification Should Be Arguable Directly to Jury

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Criminal defense and civil rights lawyer Norm Pattis argues that jury nullification is an important defense that ought to be allowed openly, especially in cases in which people are being prosecuted for telling the truth. He compares modern day whistleblower Ed Snowden with John Peter Zenger who was prosecuted in colonial New York for publishing […]

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FIJA in the News &Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 08 Nov 2013

-Nullification by Jury

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This editorial in The Washington Times mentions the billboard ads in the Washington, D.C. metro. It gets some information wrong, but argues in favor of jury nullification as the last line of defense against unjust laws, citing numerous cases of people being arrested for minor offenses. EDITORIAL: Nullification by jury Under the American justice system, […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification &Missive of the Month | 03 Nov 2013

-Missive of the Month: Jury System Could Use Some Changes

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Robert Boyson of Hope Township, Pennsylvania, educates Lehigh Valley readers with this letter to the editor arguing for fully informed juries, pointing out the double standard at work when legal officials insist the jury be kept in the dark and strictly follow orders: LETTER: Jury system could use some changes Every common rule for juror […]

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