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Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 22 Sep 2012

Jury Clears Minnesota Farmer in Raw Milk Case

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A Minnesota jury has refused to convict farmer Alvin Schlangen of three victimless “crimes” related to raw milk distribution. Minnesota Farmer Cleared in Milk Case A soft-spoken Minnesota farmer was cleared of violating state laws for distributing raw milk Thursday, a verdict advocates for such foods called their first major legal victory. After a three-day […]

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FIJA in the News &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 18 Sep 2012

New Hampshire Jury Nullifies Felony Marijuana Case

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It’s interesting how widely ignored last week’s New Hampshire jury nullification has been in the mainstream media so far. However, we have found several more mentions of it in various news sources on the web. We will continue to post links to coverage of this case as we come across them. New Hampshire Jury Nullifies […]

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Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 14 Sep 2012

New Hampshire Jury Acquits Pot-Growing Rastafarian

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Jacob Sullum of Reason.com reports on a notable case of jury nullification yesterday in New Hampshire: New Hampshire Jury Acquits Pot-Growing Rastafarian A jury unanimously acquitted Doug Darrell, a 59-year-old Rastafarian charged with marijuana cultivation, after his lawyer, Mark Sisti, argued that a conviction would be unjust in light of the fact that Darrell was […]

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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 &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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Jurors Doing Justice | 28 Jun 2011

Tom Knapp Reports on Jury Duty

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Tom Knapp was recently called for jury duty. Read up on his story for handy tips on how to deliver justice as a juror even as the court attempts to stack the deck in favor of the government. Out of the Pool The little handbook they gave us was a bit roundabout, but did manage […]

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Jurors Doing Justice &Sixth Amendment | 26 May 2011

9th Circuit Panel Rules Juror Can’t Be Discharged Due to His Views on the Merits of a Case

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Eugene Volokh reports on a recent Ninth Circuit ruling in the case of Williams v. Cavazos in which a juror, who was reluctant to convict, was dismissed in the middle of deliberations: Dismissing a Holdout Juror in the Middle of Deliberations Because “His Mind Is Bent . . . Against the Prosecution” Volokh quotes from […]

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Freedom Friday &Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Lunch Break for Liberty | 20 May 2011

Freedom Friday- Lunch Break for Liberty

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In this week’s Freedom Friday, Phil Mocek discusses his 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 who […]

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Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 26 Mar 2011

Yakima jury acquits medical marijuana grower

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Another jury just said no to bad laws and unjust prosecution for a peaceful activity: Yakima jury acquits medical marijuana grower It took a superior court jury in Yakima just 25 minutes Thursday to acquit a man accused of having too many plants at a medical marijuana dispensary. Man Acquitted in Medicinal Marijuana Case A […]

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Jurors Doing Justice | 13 Mar 2011

Florida Landscaper Acquitted of NYC Gun Charges

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Florida landscaper Jonathan Ryan was busted by New York City cops after being pulled over during a traffic stop for making a right turn on a red light. During the traffic stop, it came to light that he had mistakenly left a firearm in his glove box when he drove up from Florida to help […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 10 Feb 2011

Jurors Say NO to Abusive Prosecution and Pledge Their Jury Pay to Defendant

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Jurors so upset about case brought against 19-year-old that they will give the defendant their jury pay Jurors are so convinced that a Cleveland teen should not have been charged with assaulting another teen that they’ve gone beyond acquitting him. A few are writing angry letters to police and intend to donate their jury pay […]

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Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 22 Jan 2011

Jurors Unanimously Say NO to Abuse of Laws to Harass Phil Mocek

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For those who are not familiar with the case of State of New Mexico v. Phillip Mocek: What is this case about? Phil Mocek was arrested by Albuquerque police at a TSA checkpoint at the Albuquerque International Sunport on November 15, 2009. He had a valid ticket on Southwest Airlines (”You are now free to […]

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FIJA in the News &Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 02 Jan 2011

Missoula District Court: Pot case ‘mutiny’ leaves ripples for other drug cases

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Missoula District Court: Pot case ‘mutiny’ leaves ripples for other drug cases But what happened so publicly in Missoula has been going on quietly in black communities for years, according to Paul Butler, a former federal prosecutor who is a professor and associate dean at Georgetown University’s School of Law. “It happens all of the […]

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FIJA in the News &Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 30 Dec 2010

Marijuana: The power of jurors

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Marijuana: The power of jurors When a handful of potential jurors in Missoula County District Court recently expressed their unwillingness to convict Touray Cornell for possessing a small amount of marijuana, County Attorney Andrew Paul called it a “mutiny.” But Iloilo Marguerite Jones wouldn’t use that word. Jones serves as director of the Helena-based Fully […]

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