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FIJA in the News &Function of Juries | 25 Oct 2012

Don’t like marijuana – or other – laws? Change them.

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By JEFF EDELSTEIN But make no mistake: I don’t like the Man. Don’t want to be the Man, either. Not only do I hate being told what to do, I equally hate telling others what to do. I’d be an anarchist, except that just seems too messy. I guess I’m a Libertarian, but an arch […]

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Function of Juries | 17 Oct 2012

Occupy Portland Wins Right to [Some] Jury Trials

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We recently brought you news of an Oregon Appeals Court ruling regarding denial of a jury trial in the case of Tawanna Fuller. This ruling called into question legal maneuvering used by government officials to visibly brand accused persons as criminals in public while reducing their charges to mere violations which could be denied jury […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 17 Oct 2012

Liberty and the Law: The Case for Jury Nullification

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Liberty and the Law: The Case for Jury Nullification Trial by jury may hold the key for unlocking a powerful check on the limits of government. In the United States, and many other common law nations, jurors possess the power to judge both the matters of fact (i.e., whether or not the defendant broke the […]

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FIJA in the News &Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 10 Oct 2012

The Only ‘Civic Duty’ Worth Your Time

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As elections approach, Joel Poindexter argues that jury duty is the only ‘civic duty’ worth the time it takes. As a juror, your VOTE is your VETO! The Only ‘Civic Duty’ Worth Your Time Most people I know do their best to get out of jury duty, but it’s something I actually look forward to, […]

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Function of Juries | 30 Sep 2012

Oregon Appeals Court Rules for More Jury Trials

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The Oregon Appeals Court has ruled that prosecutors may not simply make an end run around the Oregon Constitution by reducing criminal misdemeanor charges to violations on par with traffic tickets in order to deny defendants’ rights to trial by jury. Oregon appeals ruling on jury trials worries court officials about clogging overloaded justice system […]

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FIJA in the News &Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 25 Sep 2012

Raw milk advocates hope jury nullification saves farmer

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Bruce Vielmetti of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel discusses jury nullification and its use in cases where defendants are accused of various victimless violations related to raw milk. Raw milk advocates hope jury nullification saves farmer Supporters of a Wisconsin dairy farmer facing a criminal trial for selling raw milk hope they can turn up interest […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 21 Aug 2012

Seattle Weekly Comment of the Day: Vote to Acquit!

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A comment left on another article is featured today as Seattle Weekly’s Comment of the Day. The subject? Jury nullification! Comment of the Day: Vote to Acquit! If you sincerely believe that prohibition is a dangerous and counter-productive policy, then you must stop helping to enforce it. You are entitled to act according to your […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 13 Aug 2012

New Hampshire Formally Recognizes Jury Nullification

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William N. Grigg discusses how jury trials are becoming increasingly rare as the American legal system has become Sovietized. He reports that one reason prosecutors are so eager to bully defendants into taking a plea bargain is that juries have the power to nullify bad laws and abusive prosecutions by refusing to convict. New Hampshire […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 09 Jul 2012

Jury Can Help Prevent ‘Raw Milk Prohibition’

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Brian Wickert,certified biodynamic and organic farmer and president of the Wisconsin Raw Milk Association, discusses the power of the jury to protect freedom of food choice: Brian Wickert: Jury can help prevent ‘raw milk prohibition’ here On Sept. 24, Loganville dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger will be tried before a jury in Sauk County Circuit Court […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice | 04 Apr 2012

Judge Rejects Prosecutorial Request to Bar Free Speech Defense in Occupy Trial and Other Prosecutorial Shenanigans

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We recently brought you news of a case in Iowa in which a jury nullified a local rule, deciding in favor of the defendant on the basis that he was exercising his First Amendment rights. The jury ruled that the defendant’s exercise of his freedom of speech on public property took precedence over a locally […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 14 Mar 2012

The Hershberger Trial and Jury Nullification

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In a recent article, Peter Kennedy discusses the full legal power of the jury, specifically with respect to the prosecution of Wisconsin raw milk dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger: The Hershberger Trial and Jury Nullification Sometime later this year Loganville, Wisconsin dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger will be tried before a jury in Sauk County Circuit Court […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice | 11 Mar 2012

Jury Nullifies in Favor of First Amendment in Another Occupy Case

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Another jury—this time in Polk County, Iowa—has nullified a state-imposed curfew that conflicted with the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. In a strange twist, the prosecutor reportedly asked the jury to nullify the First Amendment in favor of the local restriction, but the jury chose to uphold the higher law. Jury Reaches Verdict […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice | 22 Feb 2012

Occupy L.A.: A Case of Jury Nullification

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As Occupy protesters have exercised their First Amendment rights across the country, hundreds of arrests have been made by police and numerous charges against them have been filed by government attorneys at taxpayer expense. Many of these cases are settled by protesters giving up their right to a jury trial and simply pleading guilty and […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 20 Jan 2012

Freedom Friday: Be a Martin Luther King Juror

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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 | 21 Dec 2011

New York Times: Jurors Need to Know That They Can Say No

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Professor of law and former federal prosecutor Paul Butler trusts jurors over power-grabbing prosecutors. Jurors Need to Know That They Can Say No How one feels about jury nullification ultimately depends on how much confidence one has in the jury system. Based on my experience, I trust jurors a lot. I first became interested in […]

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