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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 10 Jan 2014

-Alabama Judges Can Override Juries to Impose Death Sentences

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Did you know that in Alabama, not only are independent-minded jurors screened out of capital cases through death qualification of juries, but that even when these rigged juries want to impose a penalty of life without parole, a single judge can override twelve verdicts from jurors? 95 times so far Alabama judges have served up […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 18 Dec 2013

-Jury Nullification: The True Duty of a Jury

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Why would a conscientious non-voter be a proponent of participating in the legal system as a juorr? Josie the Outlaw explains, as she discusses the true duty of the juror to conscientiously acquit through jury nullification when the law is unjust or unjustly applied. She explains how judges intentionally lie and cheat in order to […]

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FIJActivist &Jury Nullification | 13 Dec 2013

-Minnesota NORML Hosts Talk on Jury Nullification

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Minnesota NORML will host Kirsten Tynan of the Fully Informed Jury Association at its December monthly meeting to discuss jurors’ rights and responsibilities in delivering a just verdict, including their right and duty to conscientiously acquit when a just verdict requires it. This function of the jury is also known as jury nullification. Jury nullification […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 06 Dec 2013

-Private Prisons Drive Need for Jurors to Understand Jury Nullification

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What is driving the high rate of incarceration, which is largely populated with non-violent offenders who have committed victimless offenses but have harmed nobody? For-profit incarceration. In fact, some states are contractually obligated to provide a certain quota of prisoners to private prisons, regardless of the actual crime rates. What?!? Private Prisons Suing States for […]

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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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Jury Nullification | 04 Dec 2013

-Anti-Jury Nullification Prosecutor Complains of Lack of Funds

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Reason’s Jacob Sullum shares some of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s complaints about the effect of sequestration on his office. Bharara complains that without more money, his office will simply get smaller and smaller each year. Not such a bad idea, says Sullum, pointing out his “mission” involves prosecuting lots of offenses that shouldn’t be, or […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 13 Nov 2013

-Jury Nullification Can Stop Abuses in Virginia’s Unfair Legal System

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Today the Justice Policy Institute released a report characterizing Virginia’s justice system as expensive, ineffective, and unfair. Despite decreasing violent crime rates, consist with the rest of the country, the number of arrests in Virginia has barely budged, dropping a mere 1.1%, says JPI. Virginia’s Justice System: Expensive, Ineffective and Unfair With the 8th highest […]

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Jury Nullification | 12 Nov 2013

-Jury Nullification: Your Most Powerful Vote

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Here we are a week after Election Day, when millions of U.S. voters dutifully went to the polls to push buttons for candidates and issues. But you may still be called upon in coming weeks and months to exercise your most powerful vote as a juror. When you vote in a political election: -your vote […]

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Jury Nullification | 10 Nov 2013

-Understand What Is At Stake When Considering Jury Nullification

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Often we hear in the FIJA office from or about jurors who initially voted Not Guilty, but changed their vote to Guilty because they couldn’t convince the other jurors. This change of vote is often associated with the holdout juror not wanting to waste their own time any longer. Perhaps they wish to get home […]

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FIJA in the News &Jury Nullification | 09 Nov 2013

-Support for Jury Nullification on Display in D.C.

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Joe Wolverton discusses in this article in The New American the billboards on display in Washington, D.C. informing everyone that “Good jurors nullify bad laws”. Wolverton points out that, despite prosecutors’ displeasure with this educational effort, jury nullification is not new and, indeed, is a fundamental element of our legal system. Support for Jury Nullification […]

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Jury Nullification | 09 Nov 2013

-Jury Nullification and a Woman’s Memorable Vote

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In this article, Carl M. Cannon discusses a historic attempt for conscientious acquittal by jury nullification. In 1873, suffragist Susan B. Anthony embarked on a whirlwind tour arguing passionately for jury nullification before standing trial for the crime of Voting While Female. Election Day 1872 — and a Woman’s Memorable Vote “Citizenship no more carries […]

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Jury Nullification | 08 Nov 2013

-Former Prosecutor to Jurors: Jury Nullification!

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Another great interview with Professor Paul Butler, who has personal experience with Washington, D.C.’s long history of jury nullification. In discussing jury nullification with The Nation, Butler cites it as one of the reasons we’re seeing a shift against criminalization of marijuana. Former Prosecutor to Jurors: Nullify! LS: How did you arrive at jury nullification […]

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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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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 08 Nov 2013

-Jury Nullification Should Be Arguable Directly to Jury

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Criminal defense and civil rights lawyer Norm Pattis argues that jury nullification is an important defense that ought to be allowed openly, especially in cases in which people are being prosecuted for telling the truth. He compares modern day whistleblower Ed Snowden with John Peter Zenger who was prosecuted in colonial New York for publishing […]

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FIJA in the News &Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 08 Nov 2013

-Nullification by Jury

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This editorial in The Washington Times mentions the billboard ads in the Washington, D.C. metro. It gets some information wrong, but argues in favor of jury nullification as the last line of defense against unjust laws, citing numerous cases of people being arrested for minor offenses. EDITORIAL: Nullification by jury Under the American justice system, […]

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