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FIJA in the News &Jury Nullification &Volunteer | 19 Oct 2012

Montco Man Arrested Handing Out Fliers at NJWeedman Trial

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Montco man arrested handing out fliers at NJWeedman trial A Pennsylvania man said he will pursue legal action against the Burlington County Sheriff’s Department and individual officers for his arrest Wednesday while handing out fliers about jury rights outside the county complex. Fernando Antonio Salguero and five others were handing out pamphlets from the Fully […]

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Jury Nullification | 18 Oct 2012

NJWeedman Jury Now Deliberating Pot Distribution Case

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We have an update on the Ed Forchion case, in which Mr. Forchion attempted to argue jury nullification before his jurors. Mr. Forchion’s comments during closing arguments were shut down by the judge, and the case is now in the hands of the jury. NJWeedman Jury Now Deliberating Pot Distribution Case Ed Forchion, formerly of […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 17 Oct 2012

Liberty and the Law: The Case for Jury Nullification

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Liberty and the Law: The Case for Jury Nullification Trial by jury may hold the key for unlocking a powerful check on the limits of government. In the United States, and many other common law nations, jurors possess the power to judge both the matters of fact (i.e., whether or not the defendant broke the […]

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Jury Nullification | 16 Oct 2012

Weedman Seeking ‘Pothead’ for His Jury

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While the Fully Informed Jury Association takes no position on this case, we are following it closely as the case relates to issues of jurors’ rights and responsibilities. The defendant, Ed Forchion, has openly stated his intention to argue for jury nullification. This case is a retrial on a drug distribution charge following a previous […]

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Jury Nullification | 14 Oct 2012

Jury Nullification Continues to Gain Traction Across the United States

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If We the People have a Constitution, then our rights should continue to foster the cause of liberty and strike down laws which violate that foundation, otherwise we will inadvertently give power to the tyranny of the majority. The Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA), who would probably agree with the aforementioned critique, is a group […]

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FIJA in the News &Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 10 Oct 2012

The Only ‘Civic Duty’ Worth Your Time

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As elections approach, Joel Poindexter argues that jury duty is the only ‘civic duty’ worth the time it takes. As a juror, your VOTE is your VETO! The Only ‘Civic Duty’ Worth Your Time Most people I know do their best to get out of jury duty, but it’s something I actually look forward to, […]

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FIJA in the News &Jury Nullification | 02 Oct 2012

Top Secret: You Can Nullify The Drug War

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The following article, by Abel Tomlinson, was published in The Free Weekly in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on 27 September 2012. One note: jury nullification is explicitly acknowledged the Constitutions of 24 states, with the Constitutions of Georgia (Article I, Section 1), Indiana (Article 1, Section 19), Maryland (Declaration of Rights, Article 23, and Oregon (Article 1, […]

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FIJA in the News &Jury Nullification | 01 Oct 2012

Raw Milk Co-Op Farmer Acquitted Through Jury Nullification

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Another article on the case of farmer Alvin Schlangen, who was acquitted by a jury on several non-violent charges related to raw milk distribution: Raw Milk Co-Op Farmer Acquitted Through Jury Nullification echnically, Alvin was guilty of breaking the laws in question, even though the laws are totally ridiculous and unjust. Luckily this jury was […]

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Jury Nullification | 29 Sep 2012

Jury Nullification Alive and Well

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Linda Bentley of Arizona’s Sonoran News discusses historical and modern uses of jury nullification. Jury nullification alive and well On June 18, 2012, N.H. Governor John Lynch signed into law HB146, which permits the defense in all criminal proceedings to inform the jury of its right to judge the facts and the application of the […]

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FIJA in the News &Jury Nullification | 25 Sep 2012

FIJA Director Iloilo Jones Comments on Article in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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FIJA director Iloilo Jones sent the following letter to Bruce Vielmetti of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel with regard to his article discussing jury nullification. We posted a link to the original article here. Dear Bruce, Thank you for your recent article. However, as a former SNCC Field Secretary during the civil rights era, let me […]

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FIJA in the News &Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 25 Sep 2012

Raw milk advocates hope jury nullification saves farmer

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Bruce Vielmetti of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel discusses jury nullification and its use in cases where defendants are accused of various victimless violations related to raw milk. Raw milk advocates hope jury nullification saves farmer Supporters of a Wisconsin dairy farmer facing a criminal trial for selling raw milk hope they can turn up interest […]

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FIJA in the News &Jury Nullification | 25 Sep 2012

Lawyers: ‘Nullify’ to be common refrain in criminal court cases

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Lawyers: ‘Nullify’ to be common refrain in criminal court cases Criminal defense attorneys predict New Hampshire jurors routinely will be told they have the right to find someone innocent even if the state proves its case because New Hampshire has passed what appears to be the nation’s first “jury nullification” law. Earlier this month, 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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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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Jury Nullification | 19 Sep 2012

Jury Clears NH Man of Felony Pot Charge

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Nearly a week after the fact, the New Hampshire Union Leader is finally reporting on last week’s jury nullification in Doug Darrell’s case: Jury clears NH man of felony pot charge A Belknap County Superior Court jury cleared a Barnstead resident of a felony drug charge last week, siding with a defense lawyer who encouraged […]

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