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Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 05 Dec 2013

-Happy Repeal Day Thanks to Jury Nullification!

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Repeal Day marks the anniversary of the 5 December 1933 ratification of the Twenty-First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution repealing alcohol prohibition. After fewer than thirteen years, the cultural and political climate in the U.S. forced an end to the federal criminalization of numerous victimless alcohol offenses. How did the people convey the message to […]

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Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 08 Nov 2013

-Jury Nullification: A Tool for Advancing Gun Rights?

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A jury deadlocked, reportedly with a single holdout juror maintaining a Not Guilty vote, in the case of Army Master Sgt. Christopher “C.J.” Grisham, charged with interfering with the duties of a Temple police officer who attempted to take his legally carried weapon from him. Dean Weingarten argues in this article that juror education is […]

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Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 06 Nov 2013

-The IRS vs. Doreen Hendrickson: Hung Jury

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A lone holdout juror who maintained a Not Guilty vote has hung the jury in the case of the IRS vs. Doreen Hendrickson. We have heard that this case involved specific jury instructions explicitly telling jurors not only that they were to accept the law as the judge gave it to them, but also that […]

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Jurors Doing Justice | 01 Nov 2013

-Jury Finds Florida Sheriff Nick Finch Not Guilty

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Yesterday a jury took just over an hour to acquit suspended Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch, who was accused of improperly freeing a man carrying a concealed weapon. Finch says he released the unfortunate arrest victim, who had harmed nor threatened nobody, because the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution takes precedent over local […]

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Jurors Doing Justice | 09 Oct 2013

-Jury Protects Disabled Man from a Year Incarceration for His Medical Condition

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A Fort Collins, Colorado jury has refused to convict a disabled man for being noncooperative with police while in a disoriented state while he was just coming out of a seizure in which he suffered a head injury. While apparently nobody was either hurt or threatened during the incident, it appears that armed police officers […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 02 Jul 2013

-Jeff Olson Acquitted of Sidewalk Chalking “Vandalism” in Apparent Jury Nullification

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At risk of 13 years in prison plus an addition $13,000 in fines, activist Jeff Olson turned down a plea deal and took his case before a jury where today he was acquitted on all 13 misdemeanor charges in what appears to be another jury nullification. Jeff Olson Acquitted Of Charges From Writing In Chalk […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 24 May 2013

-Did The First Circuit Encourage Jury Nullification in Stolen Gun Case?

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Matt Kaiser discusses on The Federal Criminal Appeals Blog a recent First Circuit firearms-related case in which the court seems to encourage jury nullification in marginal cases to check prosecutorial overreach. In the case of United States v. Baird, the accused had bought a firearm from another person, not knowing that the weapon had been […]

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Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 11 Feb 2013

-Happy Hour: Thank the Nullifiers

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In this article about the role of nullification in the repeal of Prohibition, Steve Palmer of the Tenth Amendment Center cites the role of jury nullification, alongside other types of nullification, in restoring order. He points out that it was not nullification that resulted in chaos and disorder in society, but government-imposed Prohibition that did […]

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Freedom Friday &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 01 Feb 2013

-FREEDOM FRIDAY: Jurors Doing Justice

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In this week’s Freedom Friday, Phil Mocek discusses his 2011 court victory in which a jury delivered a resounding No! to harassment of citizens by government agents enforcing their personal whims rather than the law. We posted about his case here. FIJA spoke with Mocek regarding his jury’s role in protecting him from government agents […]

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Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 31 Dec 2012

Prosecution as Persecution: The Carol Asher Case

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William Norman Grigg writes about the careless reaction of Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden when Grigg asked him at a public meeting about his attempt to put a 66-year-old woman in prison for 14 years for conscientiously acting as an independent, fully informed juror. Carol Asher was seated as a juror in a case in […]

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Freedom Friday &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 23 Nov 2012

FREEDOM FRIDAY: TRIALS THAT MADE JURY HISTORY

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In this week’s Freedom Friday video, Jerry Dixon gives a Toastmasters talk on “Trials That Made Jury History”. Many FIJA Activists who are interested in practicing or improving their public speaking skills use Toastmasters both as a forum in which to practice and to spread the FIJA message as well! Please take a moment today […]

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Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 01 Nov 2012

Jury Nullification and the Ed Forchion Case

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Ed Forchion recently spoke with the Libertarian News Examiner regarding the question of whether or not any of his jurors in his recent Not Guilty court victory on a drug distribution charge exercised their right to nullify bad law. He discusses why he believes that, yes, some of the jurors did nullify. The interview is […]

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Jurors Doing Justice | 31 Oct 2012

Jury Nullification Keeps NJ Weedman Out of Jail; DEA Comes Calling

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Jury Nullification Keeps NJ Weedman Out of Jail; DEA Comes Calling Last week, Ed Forchion, a.k.a. the NJ Weedman, was found not guilty of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute after being caught by cops in New Jersey with a pound of marijuana in his car. Formerly a perennial third party candidate in the […]

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Jurors Doing Justice | 18 Oct 2012

N.J.’s ‘Weedman’ Found Not Guilty

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N.J.’s ‘Weedman’ Found Not Guilty Ed Forchion, known as New Jersey’s ‘Weedman’, was found not guilty on charges of distribution on Thursday. The jury deliberated for one hour before returning a 12-0 vote of not guilty. Click through for the entire article. Mr. Forchion had some post-victory comments: Video chat by Stickam.com This was a […]

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FIJA in the News &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 22 Sep 2012

FIJA Applauds Jury’s Acquittal of Alvin Schlangen in Raw Milk Case

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FIJA Applauds Jury’s Acquittal of Alvin Schlangen in Raw Milk Case 21 September 2012 Helena, MT For Immediate Release The Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA) applauds a Hennepin County jury for today’s acquittal of Minnesota farmer Alvin Schlangen of three misdemeanor charges related to raw milk distribution. Schlangen was charged with victimless offenses of selling […]

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