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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 26 Mar 2014

-Jury Finds Woman Not Guilty of Registering to Vote

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A formerly incarcerated woman was acquitted last week of an offense that could have put her back in prison for up to fifteen years—registering to vote. After serving time for a victimless drug offense, Iowa resident Kelli Jo Griffin believed, based on what had previously been the state’s policy, that her voting eligibility would automatically […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 25 Mar 2014

-Hearing for Alaska Jury Nullification Bill on Wednesday

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Many thanks to long-time FIJA activist and state contact Frank Turney for alerting us to HB 315, now making its way through the legislative process in Alaska. FIJA does not endorse or oppose any piece of legislation, but we do track these bills to keep everyone informed. Frank tells us that Alaska’s HB 315 will […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 25 Mar 2014

-Our Criminal Justice System Has Become a Crime

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In this editorial, Glenn Harlan Reynolds argues in USA Today that there is little justice in our so-called “justice” system, with the jury trials that are so common on television and in the movies being the exception in real life and abusive overcharging in order to coerce people into plea bargains being the rule. Our […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 24 Mar 2014

-Jury Nullification: The Second Amendment’s Last Stand

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As states around the country add to the ever increasing pile of regulations regarding firearms and ammunition, greatly expanding opportunities for peaceful people to be caught up in a legal morass (for example, this proponent of gun regulation who ran afoul of the very measure he worked to get passed), this article argues for jury […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 23 Mar 2014

-Appeal for Trial by Jury in Sign Ordinance Case Goes Forward

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A few days ago, we reported on the convoluted situation in the case of David Mongielo, who risks going to jail for allegedly violating a town sign ordinance with a sign that changed messages too frequently. The sentence in his case had been stayed while he appealed the conviction by a judge after he was […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 20 Mar 2014

-Judges Circumvent Jury Verdicts with Sentencing for Acquitted Conduct

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Did you know that even if a jury finds a defendant outright Not Guilty on some charges, a judge may still be able to increase the defendant’s sentence for Guilty verdicts based on the conduct of which the jury explicitly acquitted him? Consider the case of Antwuan Ball, acquitted of every single one of the […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 19 Mar 2014

-San Diego Jury Acquits Couple in Medical Marijuana Case

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Good news AGAIN in San Diego, this time in the medical marijuana case of Dennis and Deborah Little, whose dire medical situation includes HIV/AIDS, cancer, arthritis, neuropathy, and more. Jurors found the Littles Not Guilty on charges of possession of marijuana for sale and of cultivation of marijuana. Click through for the transcript. (Note: audio […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 18 Mar 2014

-Mongielo May Be Headed to Jail for Clerical Error

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David Mongielo may begin a 10-day jail sentence as early as Friday, effectively serving time in jail for a clerical error made by his attorney’s office. We recently posted this update on the case, asking whether this is actually judicial retribution against Mongielo after a jury acquitted him? Town clerk says Mongielo appeal error wasn’t […]

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Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 17 Mar 2014

-Jury Nullification and the Saint Patrick’s Day Four

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On March 17, 2003, the United States was on the brink of war with Iraq, using as an excuse the ominous specter of weapons of mass destruction that even the government would later admit did not exist. Believing they had exhausted all other remedies working within the system to prevent the mass destruction and atrocities […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 14 Mar 2014

-Jurors: Be Skeptical of Snitches

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Alexandra Natapoff, author of Snitching: Criminal Informants and the Erosion of American Justice, defines snitching as “the practice by which offenders—criminal suspects and defendants—can trade away their own liability or shorten their sentences or get other benefits from the government by giving them information.” Watch this five minute video to learn how pervasive snitching is, […]

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FIJA in the News &Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 10 Mar 2014

-Are Jury Tampering Charges in Lamb Case Politically Motivated?

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It’s no secret that judges, prosecutors, and other government officials are not usually fans of jury nullification, for obvious reasons such as that juries have the power to overrule them in court. We recently brought you news that candidate for Sheriff of Greene County, Illinois, Luke Lamb, has been charged with unlawful communication with a […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 10 Mar 2014

-Americans Can Protect Each Other with Jury Nullification

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Colorado state contact Alexander Daube asks: Can Americans Protect Each Other From Abusive Laws? We Americans are buried under a vast mountain of laws, and it is growing every year. With so many laws anyone can inadvertently violate one, falling prey to what is called “overcriminalization.” As CBN terms it in a video series titled: […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 10 Mar 2014

-Judicial Retribution Against Mongielo After Jury Acquits Him?

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We have been following the case of Lockport, New York business owner David Mongielo for over a year now, who faces a possible jail sentence allegedly for violating a town sign ordinance with a sign whose message changed too frequently. Mongielo was initially convicted of sign ordinance violations by a judge, but another judge overturned […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 07 Mar 2014

-Jury Finds Woman Not Guilty of Assaulting Officer

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Who do you suppose would have gotten the benefit of the doubt—even given the total lack of any evidence of wrongdoing—had government officials been the ultimate judges instead of an independent jury? Jury Finds Woman Not Guilty of Assaulting Officer A Lancaster County jury found a 32-year-old woman not guilty of assaulting a Lincoln police […]

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FIJA in the News &Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 06 Mar 2014

-Jury Nullification Comments, Link to FIJA on Facebook Prompt Jury Tampering Charge

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In a case the defendant’s attorney says is motivated by the proximity of a March 18 primary election in which his client is a contender, Luke Lamb has been charged with unlawful communication with a juror for sharing a link to the FIJA website and making comments about jury nullification to someone who apparently requested […]

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