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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 25 Sep 2014

-Montana Supreme Court Candidates Debate Jury Nullification

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This is shared for educational and informational purposes only; FIJA National does not endorse or oppose any political candidate or party. Jury nullification made an appearance in a recent debate between candidates for the Montana Supreme Court. The Great Falls Tribune reported on the event. Supreme Court candidates square off in Missoula The four candidates […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 24 Sep 2014

-Jury Nullification Educator Called for Jury Duty on Date of His Own Trial

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We’ve previously brought you news about the case of Luke Lamb, charged with felony unlawful communication with a juror over comments he made on his Facebook page, including providing a link to the FIJA website, to someone who requested information on jury nullification. The person who made the request happened to be a juror at […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 18 Sep 2014

-Oregon’s Next Assignment: Learn About Jury Nullification

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Rhea Graham of Albany’s Canna Kitchen & Research writes in to the Albany Democrat-Herald in Oregon about the legal red tape that comes along with so-called “legalization” schemes that involve taxing and regulating marijuana such as limits on the number of plants one may grow, where they may be located, and so on. Such schemes […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice | 17 Sep 2014

-Jury Takes 4 Minutes to Acquit Man Who Spent 10 Months in Jail

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Watch the short video below to hear the story of Florida resident Ryan Wilson who was wrongly accused of being involved in a string of car and house fires. His jury took just four minutes to acquit him, but he had already been punished by being locked up for 10 months leading up to the […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 17 Sep 2014

-Jurors Beware: State Crime Labs Incentivized to Help Falsely Convict

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Many jurors are led to believe that evidence and results provided to them through state crime labs are objective data on which they can rely in determining the fate of the defendant. Earlier this year, we discussed the crime lab scandal at the Hinton Lab in Jamaica Plain in Massachusetts, in which a chemist who […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 15 Sep 2014

-Marijuana Legalization in Colorado Gained Steam from Jury Nullification

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In this very short video, criminal defense attorney Chad Moody educates Oklahoma marijuana activists that “the marijuana movement writ large really began to gain steam when juries began nullifying in marijuana cases.” He explains what jury nullification is and how jurors can use it to uphold justice when the political system is not sufficiently responsive. […]

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Function of Juries &History of Jury Nullification &Jury Nullification | 06 Sep 2014

-Jurors Wield Power to Judge the Law

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The Richmond County Daily Journal follows up its Jury Rights Day coverage with an informative and insightful editorial on jurors’ ability to conscientiously acquit via jury nullification. OUR VIEW: Jurors wield power to judge the law Jury duty. It’s the setup to innumerable punchlines, a civic chore that some people dread and many try to […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification &Jury Rights Day | 05 Sep 2014

-7 Films for Jury Rights Day

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For more than 20 years since founding it in 1991, the Fully Informed Jury Association has celebrated Jury Rights Day as our signature event on September 5 each year. Jury Rights Day commemorates the conscientious acquittal of William Penn, who stood trial in 1670 for violating England’s Conventicle Act by publicly preaching the Quaker religion. […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification &Jury Rights Day | 05 Sep 2014

-Jury Nullification Keeps Government in Check

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FIJA New Hampshire State Contact Dick Marple is educating New Hampshire today about jury nullification and Jury Rights Day with this informative editorial in the Concord Monitor. Thank you, Dick! My Turn: Jury nullification keeps government in check Today, we celebrate Jury Rights Day. It was on this day in 1670 that Quaker William Penn […]

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Function of Juries &History of Jury Nullification &Jury Nullification &Jury Rights Day | 05 Sep 2014

-When Jurors Judge the Law

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Jury Rights Day and specifically the outreach event in Asheville are getting some news coverage in North Carolina! Richmond County Daily Journal reporter William Toler has written up an excellent article on the occasion: When Jurors Judge the Law Despite being fined and imprisoned, a jury refused to follow the judge’s order to return a […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification &Jury Rights Day | 27 Aug 2014

-FIJA Educates about Jury Nullification on Jury Rights Day

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Fully Informed Jury Association Educates about Jury Nullification on Jury Rights Day FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kirsten Tynan (406) 442-7800 aji@fija.org Helena, MT—Jurors’ rights educators around the country, in conjunction with the Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA), will celebrate Jury Rights Day on September 5 by educating their communities about jury nullification. Founded in 1991, […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 14 Aug 2014

-Questions for Legislative Candidates about Jury Nullification and Jurors’ Rights

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Because yesterday’s set of questions for judicial candidates was so popular, we asked FIJA co-founder and board member Don Doig to please write up a similar list of suggested questions for legislative candidates. We share his response here for anyone who is interested in quizzing their local legislative candidates about jury nullification and related court […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 13 Aug 2014

-Questions for Judicial Candidates about Jury Nullification and Jurors’ Rights

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We recently had an inquiry from someone with 3 judges up for election in his area. He asked if we had any suggestions for hard-hitting questions to see if the candidates love liberty and the Constitution. FIJA co-founder and board member Don Doig provided the following response, which we share here for anyone else who […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 06 Aug 2014

-Jury Trial for Philly Mom Prosecuted for Gun in New Jersey

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It appears that the case of Shaneen Allen, a Philadelphia woman arrested when she reportedly carried a firearm legally owned in Pennsylvania into New Jersey and was pulled over for a traffic violation, is headed toward trial. Ms. Allen is a mother of two who purchased a handgun for personal protection after being robbed twice. […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 28 Jul 2014

-How to Make Sure What Happened to Aaron Swartz Doesn’t Happen Again

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We’ve previously discussed the death of activist Aaron Swartz and the malicious tactics by which he and others have been pressured to forfeit their Constitutionally-guaranteed right to trial by jury. So we greatly appreciate the following article written by David Segal educating even more people how fully informed jurors can make a difference to individuals […]

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