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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice | 19 Jan 2015

-Jury Finds Open Carry Advocate Not Guilty

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We start the week off with good news from Detroit, Michigan, where a jury has found an open carry advocate Not Guilty of carrying a concealed weapon due to wearing a coat that police found too puffy, a felony charge that could have put him in prison for five years over an entirely victimless allegation. […]

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Function of Juries &History of Jury Nullification &Jury Nullification &Know Your Rights | 08 Jan 2015

-“In Our Time” on the Magna Carta

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“King John’s a famous villian of English history, and Magna Carta happened on his watch in 1215. Does he deserve the reputation he has?” “Well, you see most villians in the past are sort of found by modern historians to be good in parts and not good in others. John really was an absolute rotter, […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 07 Jan 2015

-Jury Finds Man Not Guilty of Weapons Charge

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This week a jury acquitted Reuben F. Hairston of being a felon in possession of a weapon that apparently spent only a couple of minutes in his car and without his knowledge. Jury finds man not guilty of weapons charge In April 2012, Hairston gave two men a ride, but the two men asked to […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 06 Jan 2015

-Bill Seeks Unanimous Jury In Death Cases

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This is shared for educational and informational purposes only; FIJA National is a strictly educational organization that does not endorse or oppose any legislation, citizens’ initiative, political candidate, or party. Florida is one of a few states where the judgment of a 12-member jury in a capital case to impose a sentence of life without […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 03 Jan 2015

-Kansas Supreme Court Upholds Jury Nullification

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I am pleased to report another court victory in the final days of 2014! This ruling upholding jurors’ ability to exercise jury nullification and otherwise preserving the role of the independent jury comes from the Kansas Supreme Court in the case of State v. Smith-Parker. There were several jury-related and other matters at issue in […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification &Sixth Amendment | 26 Nov 2014

-What If Every Accused Person Demanded Trial by Jury?

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Michelle Alexander, associate professor at Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, this weekend in an op-ed for The New York Times shared a conversation she had with Susan Burton, executive director of A New Way of Life in Los Angeles, […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 25 Nov 2014

-3 Ways the Ferguson Grand Jury Illustrates a Two-Tiered Legal System

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Last night, after more than 3 months during which it met 25 times and heard 60 witnesses, a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson on any of the five charges put forth by the prosecution ranging from second-degree involuntary manslaughter to first-degree murder in association with the death of unarmed, […]

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FIJA Calendar &Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 18 Nov 2014

-Support Jury Nullification Education in New York City

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Juror educators around the country are organizing to focus attention on New York City now through January. Wherever you are located, YOU CAN GET INVOLVED! If you are a New York City local: Please join us NOW in handing out FIJA’s educational literature near the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 24 Oct 2014

-Jury Nullification Advocate Luke Lamb Found NOT GUILTY

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Yesterday, a jury unanimously stood in defense of juror educators’ right to share general education information about jury nullification and the Fully Informed Jury Association on Facebook, in delivering a Not Guilty verdict in the case of Luke Lamb. Greene County, Illinois board member Lamb was charged with unlawful communication with a juror after his […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 24 Oct 2014

-New Hampshire Supreme Court Nullifies Jury Nullification Statute

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24 October 2014 New Hampshire Supreme Court Nullifies Jury Nullification Statute FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: (406) 442-7800; aji@fija.org Helena, MT— The New Hampshire Supreme Court today issued its ruling in the appeal of the case of The State of New Hampshire v. Rich Paul, largely nullifying the law as a jury nullification statute. The court […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 15 Oct 2014

-Bucks County Wanted Jury Nullification Educators Arrested, Cops Refused

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Thanks to reporter James McGinnis of the Bucks County Courier Times for coverage of local jury nullification educators’ most recent experience in which Bucks County Courthouse official Chris Daley attempted to have them arrested for exercising their First Amendment-protected rights on the public sidewalk adjacent to the courthouse. The public sidewalk has long been held […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 14 Oct 2014

-Supreme Court Turns Blind Eye to Judges Usurping Jury Rights

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While many people disagree (incorrectly) on the jury’s right to judge the law as well as the facts, it is supposed to be well-settled that the jury is, indeed, the fact-finder in all trials by jury. Unfortunately, the power vortex that is government has not been satisfied merely to deny the jury’s function in standing […]

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Function of Juries &Sixth Amendment | 08 Oct 2014

-Memo to Mississippi and New York: Trial by Jury Is NOT Optional!

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Much public concern has been expressed over the increasingly broader indefinite detention provisions included in the National Defense Authorization Acts for Fiscal Years 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Nonetheless, indefinite detention is often considered a mostly hypothetical abuse, which is for now confined to far off places like Guantanamo and for non-U.S. citizens like the […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 02 Oct 2014

-Are the Feds Dialing Back Punishment for Trial by Jury?

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Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) yesterday reported on a recent memo issued by outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder with regard to what is known as the “trial penalty”—the effective punishment of a defendant’s use of the Constitutionally guaranteed right to trial by jury, with prosecutors adding extra penalties for which the defendant is at risk […]

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Function of Juries | 01 Oct 2014

-Prosecutor Drops Case without Explanation After Opening Statements

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After hounding a defendant for more than two years, federal prosecutors abandoned their case against a Georgia man just after the trial began. Feds Drop Case After Opening Statements For two years, criminal defense lawyer Jay Strongwater could not persuade federal prosecutors to drop felony drug and gun charges against his client. But after Strongwater […]

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