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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 22 Jan 2014

-Jail Time for Non-Jury Trial Sign Ordinance Conviction

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We have an update in the ongoing cases of David Mongielo, who is fighting a local sign ordinance that criminalizes and provides jail time for having a sign that changes too frequently to suit town officials’ whims. Mongielo was initially convicted of a sign ordinance violation in 2010 for allegedly having a sign that changes […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 20 Jan 2014

-Professor Paul Butler Calls for Jury Nullification by Martin Luther King Jurors

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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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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 17 Jan 2014

-Nun and Two Others Face up to 30 Years for Peace Activism

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Thanks to Jim Babb, we have a follow-up to our Summer 2013 report on the “Transform Now Plowshares” peace activists. We previously brought you news that peace activists Sister Megan Rice, 83, Michael Walli, 64, and Greg Boertje-Obed, 56, were convicted this past May of willful destruction of government property and injuring national defense premises […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 15 Jan 2014

-Wisconsin Assembly Passes 12-Member Jury in ALL Criminal Cases

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FIJA National does not endorse or oppose any political party, candidate, or piece of legislation. We do, however, track for informational and educational purposes legislation regarding jury issues. The Wisconsin State Assembly yesterday passed a bill replacing the current provision for a 6-person jury with a provision for 12-member juries in ALL criminal cases: Wisconsin […]

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Jury Nullification | 13 Jan 2014

-NH HB 1452: An Act Relative to Jury Nullification

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FIJA National does not endorse or oppose any political party, candidate, or piece of legislation. We do, however, track for informational and educational purposes legislation regarding jury issues. Michael Sylvia and Keith Michael report that as the 2014 legislative session kicks of in New Hampshire, there is a new jury nullification bill on the table […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 13 Jan 2014

-Sentenced To Life In Prison For Selling Marijuana

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Life in prison in the harshest sentence possible short of the death penalty in our criminal legal system. In every one of these cases, where a life sentence was passed on someone who had harmed nobody, a single juror in each trial could have prevented that sentence from being imposed with a Not Guilty vote, […]

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FIJActivist &Jury Nullification | 13 Jan 2014

-Effective Juror Education Depends on Rapport

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Just wanted to pass along to all activists this morning a reminder that effective outreach depends on how we deliver our message. We got a call this past weekend from someone who got our number from a sign the caller described as being very prominent (bright yellow) that is currently located in a residential neighborhood. […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 11 Jan 2014

-Would Fully Informed Jurors Have Changed Aaron Swartz’ Mind?

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Today is the anniversary of the death of Aaron Swartz who took his own life after being hounded mercilessly by prosecutors stacking up criminal charges against him in a matter that was settled privately to the satisfaction of the party who claimed to have been harmed. Rather than let the matter go when the aggrieved […]

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Function of Juries | 10 Jan 2014

-Non-unanimous Judges Can Overturn Unanimous Jury Sentences in Florida

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Florida is another state where the judgment of a 12-member jury for life without parole instead of the death penalty can be ignored and replaced with death by a single judge. In this case, the lead shooter, convicted in 1978 with a jury recommending a death sentence, avoided execution until 2013. On the other hand, […]

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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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