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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 07 May 2014

-Occupy Trial Jurors Express Shock and Remorse Over Verdict

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The four-week trial of Occupy activist Cecily McMillan wrapped up this week, with the jury delivering a verdict of Guilty on a charge of felony assault on a police officer. According to supporters and the defendant, Cecily was herself attacked by the police officer and reacted instinctively to protect herself from a sexual assault: “Seized […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 06 May 2014

-Jury Trials are Necessary even in Misdemeanor Cases

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We recently brought you news of the Arizona Appeals Court ruling that many misdemeanor charges are jury trial-worthy. That’s some good news, but it is nowhere near the level of protection that we are supposedly guaranteed under the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution: In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right […]

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Jury Nullification &Volunteer | 06 May 2014

-Support FIJA Through Give Local America

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Today FIJA is participating in the Give Local America day of giving, and we would appreciate your support! Give Local America is a national day of giving working to make history as the single largest online giving day. As part of our spring fundraising campaign, and as an outreach activity to new potential constituents, FIJA […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 05 May 2014

-Asset Forfeiture Circumvents Trial by Jury and Jury Nullification

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What is a poor judge to do when the jury sets free an individual he believes is guilty and should be punished, or perhaps when he just wants to funnel more money into the legal system he depends on being packed to maintain his livelihood? Asset forfeiture to the rescue! Judge approves forfeiture of car, […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 02 May 2014

-Jurors Would Have Nullified Had They Anticipated the Sentence

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We recently brought you news that the Supreme Court has yet again turned down the opportunity to revisit conviction of criminal defendants by less than unanimous agreement of jurors. Non-unanimous criminal convictions are currently allowed only in Oregon and Louisiana, and are unfair for a variety of reasons which we discussed previously. Now we have […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification &Sixth Amendment | 30 Apr 2014

-Arizona Court of Appeals Ruling Protects Trial by Jury

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The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution is very clear: we have the right to trial by jury in ALL criminal cases. Nonetheless, this very explicit guarantee is routinely ignored by courts across the United States, with charges punishable by nearly six months incarceration often decided unilaterally by a judge. Last week, the Arizona […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 25 Apr 2014

-Supreme Court to Consider Revisiting Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts

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Law professor Eugene Volokh, of the Volokh Conspiracy, reports that the case of Jackson v. Louisiana is on the Supreme Court’s conference list for today. Jackson v. Louisiana is the latest of several cases in recent years calling upon the Supreme Court to revisit its 1972 rulings in Apodaca v. Oregon and Johnson v. Louisiana, […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 23 Apr 2014

-Jurors Say ‘No’ to Testifying Down

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One of the justifications offered for plea bargaining is that it allows prosecutors to engage lesser offenders in the pursuit of convicting more serious offenders. However, it doesn’t always work that way. Often it is just a matter of who caved first and gave up their right to trial by jury in exchange for a […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 22 Apr 2014

-Prosecutor Nullification vs. Jury Nullification

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When the topic of jury nullification comes up in the public discourse, it is not too long before the alarmist cry of “But it will lead to anarchy, chaos, lawlessness!” is raised. Such was the case, for example, in an editorial ominously titled “The Dangers of Jury Nullification” published earlier this year by The Chicago […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 21 Apr 2014

-Jury Nullification Can Protect Second Amendment Rights

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As the deadline for registration of certain items under the SAFE Act in New York has passed, Forbes magazine reports there may be as many as a million newly-defined “criminals” in New York, in addition to perhaps 300,000 fictionally created by law in Connecticut at the end of last year. As Many As One Million […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 19 Apr 2014

-Tallahassee Paper Supports Unanimous Jury Verdicts for Death Sentences

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While Florida requires a unanimous vote of jurors to convict a defendant of a death-eligible, capital offense, (a) the jurors’ role in determining whether the defendant is put to death or sentenced to life without parole is only ADVISORY and can be overruled by a single judge, and (b) that recommendation is made based on […]

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FIJActivist &Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 16 Apr 2014

-FIJA Educates Future Jurors at Florida Liberty Summit

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Florida State Contact Bill Hickman represented FIJA at the Florida Liberty Summit held in Orlando, Florida from 4-6 April 2014. Hosted by the Florida Campaign for Liberty, this year’s event featured as keynote speaker Dr. Ron Paul, who has been an outspoken jury nullification educator. Hickman estimates that about 200 potential jurors picked up information […]

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Jury Nullification | 15 Apr 2014

-New FIJA Facebook Page

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There has long been a Facebook page set up in our name, to which we have been pointing people. The problem is that it hasn’t been very useful. We assume it was started by an enthusiastic supporter several years ago, but we haven’t been able to contact them to get admin access to the page. […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 15 Apr 2014

-Alaska Jury Nullification Bill Won’t Move this Session

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Alaska’s jury nullification bill had a hearing before the House Judiciary committee yesterday. According to the Fairbanks Daily Miner, it will not be voted on this session. The article mislabels the bill as HB 316. The jury nullification bill is HB 315. Jury nullification bill won’t move this session Advocates of jury nullification did their […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 14 Apr 2014

-Jury Nullification Outreach in Bellingham, Washington

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Juror education activists have been out several times already this year in Bellingham, Washington and elsewhere around the state to teach everyone about the power jurors have that prosecutors and judges don’t want them to know about. This video features several folks who have been doing juror education in front of the Whatcom County Courthouse […]

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