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Jury Nullification | 19 Jan 2013

-Happy Lysander Spooner’s Birthday!

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On this day in 1808, Lysander Spooner was born in Athol, Massachusetts. Spooner began his activist career openly defying Massachusetts courts of the day by setting up practice in Worcester after only three years of study with an attorney. As a non-college graduate, the law required him to do so for five years. He staunchly […]

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Freedom Friday &Jury Nullification | 18 Jan 2013

-FREEDOM FRIDAY: BE A MARTIN LUTHER KING JUROR

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One may well ask: “How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?” The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, […]

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Jury Nullification &Volunteer | 17 Jan 2013

-New FIJA Campaign: Missive of the Month

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mis·sive [mis-iv] noun 1.a written message; letter. Letters to the editor are a great way to reach a wide audience in your community. Even better-they cost you no more than the price of a pen, a piece of paper, an envelope, and a stamp to reach potentially hundreds or thousands of people. If you submit […]

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Jury Nullification | 16 Jan 2013

-Jurors Can Protect Peaceful Gun Owners from Unjust Firearms Prosecutions

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Thanks to D.P. of Pittsburgh for his letter to SurvivalbBlog.com reminding everyone that jurors can refuse to convict defendants prosecuted under unjust laws, including unjust firearms prosecutions. And thanks also to Jim Rawles of SurvivalBlog.com for adding in a link to FIJA so that all readers may learn more about their ability to protect defendants […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 16 Jan 2013

-Rep. Gregory Files Bill on Jurors’ Rights (Georgia)

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Note: While FIJA national does not take any position regarding any piece of legislation, we do track legislation that is relevant to our educational mission. News of the jurors’ rights bill we are tracking in Georgia is now being reported in the local media. From The Marietta Daily Journal: Rep. Gregory Files Bill on Jurors’ […]

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Jury Nullification | 16 Jan 2013

-Iowa State Jury Rights Bill

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While FIJA national does not support or oppose any piece of legislation, we do track legislation that is relevant to our educational mission. We have word from FIJA State Contact Dell Lawrence that a Jury Rights Bill will be introduced in the Iowa legislature this session. It has sponsors in both the Iowa House and […]

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Jury Nullification | 14 Jan 2013

-Nullification: An Overview of Its Many Forms

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The Tenth Amendment Center defines nullification as “any act, or set of actions, that results in a particular law being declared unconstitutional and rendered null, void or even just unenforceable…” The following article provides an overview of five forms nullification may take. We excerpt the passage on jury nullification here, but you can click through […]

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Jury Nullification | 09 Jan 2013

-Peaceful Defendant Convicted by Misinformed Jury Is Sentenced to 10 Years

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After a misinformed jury convicted medical marijuana provider Aaron Sundusky of victimless offenses which were legal under state law, a judge has now officially sentenced him to the mandatory minimum ten years in prison. One-Time Medical Marijuana Distributor Sentenced to Ten-Year Mandatory Minimum While the nation’s largest medical marijuana dispensary survived the latest move to […]

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Jury Nullification | 08 Jan 2013

-Montana and Georgia State Fully Informed Jury Bills

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FIJA national is a non-political, strictly educational organization. We do not support or oppose any piece of legislation. However, we do track legislation that is relevant to our educational mission. We are now aware of proposed informed jury measures in two states in process in the current legislative session. Bill Draft #LC1449, with short title […]

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Freedom Friday &Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 04 Jan 2013

-FREEDOM FRIDAY: MAN SENTENCED TO JAIL FOR ALLEGED SIGN ORDINANCE VIOLATION

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15-day jail sentence over Lockport sign We kick off 2013 Freedom Fridays today with this video about a man who was sentenced to 15 days in jail for a sign ordinance violation. David Mongielo is a Lockport, NY businessman who was fined hundreds of dollars and sentenced to jail for violating a Lockport sign ordinance […]

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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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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 28 Dec 2012

FREEDOM FRIDAY: JURY NULLIFICATION ON PATRIOT’S LAMENT RADIO SHOW

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This week’s Freedom Friday video features Alaska radio show “Patriot’s Lament” with several guests, including FIJA State Contact Joshua Bennett, discussing Lysander Spooner’s work on jury nullification, including its application to criminal charges against abolitionists accused of aiding fugitive slaves in violation of the law of the era. This video is just the audio track […]

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FIJA in the News &Jury Nullification | 20 Dec 2012

Jurors Shouldn’t Wait for States to Nullify!

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Jury nullification and FIJA get a nice mention in this article in The Guardian Express about state nullification. Can States Nullify Federal Law? Juries have the right to nullify bad laws by finding a person accused of violating a bad law not guilty. Famous cases of jury nullification included an abolitionist accused of harboring fugitive […]

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Jury Nullification | 18 Dec 2012

Project for Awesome Video for FIJA

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Any nerdfighters* among us? FIJA has submitted a Project for Awesome (P4A) video! Although charities have to rank in the top five to be “in the money” for this annual fundraising and awareness raising event, we thought this would be another good way to spread the FIJA message. Please click here to vote for us […]

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Jury Nullification | 14 Dec 2012

FREEDOM FRIDAY: SELECTING AND DESELECTING JURORS

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This week’s Freedom Friday video is another look into the world of voir dire from the lawyers’ points of view. Understanding how lawyers play games to stack the jury during voir dire is very helpful in surviving voir dire, and surviving voir dire is key to making sure there is at least one informed juror […]

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