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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 06 May 2015

-States Preserve Jury Rights with Asset Forfeiture Reform

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Just yesterday, Governor Steve Bullock signed Montana’s HB 463, a civil asset forfeiture reform bill, into law, following in the footsteps of Governor Susana Martinez who signed New Mexico’s HB 560 in April. HB 463 was passed with only 8 representatives and 1 senator opposed in Montana, and HB 560 was passed unanimously through both […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 27 Apr 2015

-Texas Appeals Court Upholds Jury Instructions

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Last week we reported news of a San Antonio trial that was temporarily halted as prosecutors appealed the judge’s decision to allow the jury to consider a lesser included offense of simple assault in a case that resulted in a death. In this case, an unnamed juvenile, who was being picked on at school reportedly […]

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Jury Nullification | 20 Apr 2015

-Stimson Verdict Not An Anti-Jury Nullification Statement

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Last month, a jury convicted Todd Stimson of multiple, victimless, marijuana-related offenses, in connection with his business The Blue Ridge Medical Cannabis Research Corp. that ran openly for years, complete with business licenses from and paying taxes to the government. There were many problems with the evidence in his trial including decomposed and moldy evidence, […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 17 Apr 2015

-How Prosecutors Can Control Jury Nullification through Jury Instructions

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The trial of a San Antonio juvenile has been interrupted by an emergency stay just short of closing arguments, as the prosecutor and defense attorney take their dispute over jury instructions to an appeals court. An unnamed teen is being tried in connection with the death of a classmate. Witnesses in the case reportedly testified […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice | 13 Apr 2015

-Is Juror Skepticism of Police Testimony on the Rise?

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In the wake of numerous, high-profile cases involving questionable police conduct, are jurors becoming more skeptical of testimony from law enforcement? Beth Hundsdorfer reports in the Belleville News-Democrat that jurors may be the case in St. Clair County, Illinois. St. Clair County is part of the Greater St. Louis metropolitan area, along with Ferguson, Missouri, […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice | 09 Apr 2015

-Grand Jury Is Right to Comment on Government Corruption

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Both the Dallas News and the Texas Tribune recently called a Travis County, Texas grand jury on the carpet in their editorial sections for the grand jury’s public statement regarding a government official who was not indicted but had been censured by the state legislature. The 390th Grand Jury addressed a special report to Judge […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 07 Apr 2015

-Holdout Jurors Protect Citizen Media

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Fullerton, California jurors recently deadlocked in the cases of citizen journalists A.J. Redkey and P.M. Beers, who were livestreaming during a January 2014 protest after the acquittal of two police officers for the death of Kelly Thomas. Thomas, a mentally ill, homeless man was beaten and tased by police officers. He fell unconscious on the […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice | 02 Apr 2015

-Jury Protects Man from Firearms Charges

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The Youngstown Vindicator reports today that a jury has protected a defendant from charges of carrying a concealed weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm for a .22-caliber semiautomatic pistol police found in one of twenty shoe boxes in a closet at a home of another person that the defendant was staying […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 01 Apr 2015

-Georgia Judge Informs Jury of Mandatory Sentence

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Fulton County Superior Court Judge Wendy Shoob recently took the all too uncommon but highly commendable step of informing jurors of the mandatory minimum punishment she would be forced to impose on the defendant if they convicted him of armed robbery. In this case, the defendant was facing a mandatory minimum sentence of life in […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 19 Mar 2015

-Effecting Change Outside the Law with Jury Nullification

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A big thank you to Joseph S. Diedrich for including jury nullification in his recent article on effecting change outside the law, published on the website of the Foundation for Economic Education! Read on for Joseph’s comments on juries. Effecting Change Outside the Law A jury can convict you if it finds guilt beyond a […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 04 Mar 2015

-Jurors Find Medical Marijuana User Not Guilty

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Medical marijuana patient Jessie Teplicki turned down a plea bargain for 18 months probation after he was arrested for growing marijuana. Teplicki uses marijuana medicinally to treat his severe anorexia by stimulating his appetite and reducing nausea he experiences when eating. Teplicki argued a medical necessity defense to his jury, who found him Not Guilty […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice | 19 Jan 2015

-Jury Finds Open Carry Advocate Not Guilty

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We start the week off with good news from Detroit, Michigan, where a jury has found an open carry advocate Not Guilty of carrying a concealed weapon due to wearing a coat that police found too puffy, a felony charge that could have put him in prison for five years over an entirely victimless allegation. […]

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Jury Nullification &Volunteer | 09 Jan 2015

-Relevant Rulings Regarding New York City Jury Nullification Outreach

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In the coming weeks jury nullification educators will once again take their message to the Southern District of New York Courthouse (also known as the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Courthouse). More educators and also people willing and able to video record and/or livestream their outreach efforts are needed for this effort. To help out, click through […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Jury Nullification | 07 Jan 2015

-Jury Finds Man Not Guilty of Weapons Charge

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This week a jury acquitted Reuben F. Hairston of being a felon in possession of a weapon that apparently spent only a couple of minutes in his car and without his knowledge. Jury finds man not guilty of weapons charge In April 2012, Hairston gave two men a ride, but the two men asked to […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 06 Jan 2015

-Bill Seeks Unanimous Jury In Death Cases

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This is shared for educational and informational purposes only; FIJA National is a strictly educational organization that does not endorse or oppose any legislation, citizens’ initiative, political candidate, or party. Florida is one of a few states where the judgment of a 12-member jury in a capital case to impose a sentence of life without […]

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