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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification &Media Releases | 18 Apr 2013

-Judge in Rich Paul Case Undermines Jury Nullification Law with Misinformation in Jury Instructions

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18 April 2013 Judge in Rich Paul Case Undermines Informed Jury Law with Misinformation in Jury Instructions FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: (406) 442-7800; aji@fija.org Helena, MT—A Cheshire County, New Hampshire jury convicted local marijuana and liberty activist Rich Paul today on five felony counts of victimless drug charges. Paul had disputed one of the charges […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 16 Apr 2013

-FIJA Interview with Rich Paul on Jury Nullification

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Yesterday the Fully Informed Jury Association spoke with Rich Paul, a New Hampshire man accused of multiple counts of victimless drug offenses who is pursuing a jury nullification strategy in his trial. Paul openly acknowledges sales of several ounces of marijuana and one sale of a compound that’s legal (which has apparently been misidentified by […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 15 Apr 2013

-Jury Nullification Sought by Marijuana Activist

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More on the Rich Paul trial, which takes place tomorrow: Activist Facing 81 Years Admits to Selling Pot, Seeks Jury Nullification Rich Paul, the founder of the New Hampshire based 4:20 Foundation, is facing four felony charges for selling marijuana. The trial is set to start on April 16th, 2013 at Cheshire Superior Court in […]

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Freedom Friday &Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 12 Apr 2013

-FREEDOM FRIDAY: Rich Paul Looking for Jury Nullification in New Hampshire Trial

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Your browser does not support iframes. Today’s Freedom Friday features Keene, NH marijuana activist Rich Paul, who was arrested for victimless drug-related offenses. Paul states that he was targeted because of his political associations by FBI agent Philip Christiana, who Paul says tried to blackmail him with the threat of 81 years incarceration in an […]

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Freedom Friday &Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 05 Apr 2013

-FREEDOM FRIDAY: Steve Marlowe’s Case Dismissed!

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Good news this week from a friend of freedom, Steve Marlowe. You may recall from a Freedom Friday video last December that a North Carolina man arrested in Florida for simple marijuana possession was headed to court. Marlowe uses marijuana medicinally and was arrested for possessing a mere 19 grams. He refused a plea deal […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 01 Apr 2013

-Reminder: Juries Can Nullify Marijuana Charges If They Find Them Unjust

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While we appreciate the spirit in which the following was written, we caution jurors NOT to lobby their fellow jurors obviously toward nullification during deliberations! It has been established in court precedent that judges may remove jurors, even during deliberations, if the judge becomes aware that they are considering jury nullification in coming to a […]

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Function of Juries | 01 Apr 2013

-Let ALL Jurors Ask Questions!

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In light of extensive questioning by jurors in the Jodi Arias case in Arizona, author Diane Diamond makes a case for a more participatory role for jurors. This hearkens back to the historical role of jurors in England, Germany, and elsewhere, when jurors did not simply sit passively by the side as they were spoonfed […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 25 Mar 2013

-Nullify the War on Drugs with Jury Nullification

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This excellent article comes from Mark Thornton, who argues for various forms of nullification-including jury nullification-to protect the people of Colorado and Washington states from abuse by a federal government set on pursuing the long-failed war on (some) drugs. Nullify the War on Drugs If the federal government does intervene in Colorado and Washington, then […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 13 Mar 2013

-The Will of the People Doesn’t Mean Jack to Drug Warriors

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News of a letter from former DEA officials (some of whom profit from drug-testing business and, therefore, have a vested interest in keeping it illegal) to President Obama urging him to use federal power to put down Washington’s and Colorado’s recent local votes to legalize use of marijuana in their states hit the media week. […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification &Missive of the Month | 08 Mar 2013

-Jurors Don’t Need to Check Their Consciences at the Door

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In this letter to the editor, published in the Montana Standard in Butte, MT, Kirsten Tynan corrects the author of another recent letter who claimed that “The notion [of jury nullification] undermines the foundation of our judicial system.” Jurors Don’t Need to Check Their Consciences at the Door In his 5 March letter regarding the […]

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Function of Juries | 07 Mar 2013

-Rand Paul’s Filibuster Attempt to Hold Obama and Holder to Jury Protection of Human Rights

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C. Jeffrey Small wrote yesterday about Rand Paul’s filibuster attempt to force President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to uphold the Constitution which they have sworn to defend—including its provisions for due process and trial by jury. Subject: Action Alert Earlier today, Rand Paul, the Republican Senator from KY, began a filibuster of the […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 05 Mar 2013

-Jury Nullification is the Best Way to Keep Government Under Control

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Thanks to Michigan FIJA activist Rose Lear for this blog post on the power of jury nullification in keeping government in check: Jury Nullification is the Best Way to Keep Government Under Control he Jury is our last line of defense against an out of control Government moving toward Fascism. There are many groups of […]

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Function of Juries | 04 Mar 2013

-Jury Finds Occupy Wall Street Protester Innocent After Video Contradicts Police Testimony

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Jury Finds Occupy Wall Street Protester Innocent After Video Contradicts Police Testimony In the first jury trial stemming from an Occupy Wall Street protest, Michael Premo was found innocent of all charges yesterday after his lawyers presented video evidence directly contradicting the version of events offered by police and prosecutors. In the police version of […]

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Function of Juries | 27 Feb 2013

-Beware of Jury Duty Scams

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Muskegon County, Michigan residents have been targeted by a variation of a recurring scam in which they are threatened by a caller or through e-mail with arrest for allegedly missing jury duty. Jury Duty Scam We have received numerous phone calls from citizens and potential jurors informing us that they have received phone calls and […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 19 Feb 2013

-University of Virginia Honor Committee’s Proposed Jury Reforms Are Ill-Advised

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Two members of the University of Virginia’s law school faculty, Josh Bowers, Associate Professor of Law, and Kim Forde-Mazrui, William S. Potter Professor of Law, penned the following commentary on proposed changes to the University of Virginia Honor Committee’s jury system. The Honor Committee proposes, among other things, to abandon the jury of twelve students, […]

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