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Jury Nullification | 08 Nov 2013

-Former Prosecutor to Jurors: Jury Nullification!

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Another great interview with Professor Paul Butler, who has personal experience with Washington, D.C.’s long history of jury nullification. In discussing jury nullification with The Nation, Butler cites it as one of the reasons we’re seeing a shift against criminalization of marijuana. Former Prosecutor to Jurors: Nullify! LS: How did you arrive at jury nullification […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification &Missive of the Month | 08 Mar 2013

-Jurors Don’t Need to Check Their Consciences at the Door

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In this letter to the editor, published in the Montana Standard in Butte, MT, Kirsten Tynan corrects the author of another recent letter who claimed that “The notion [of jury nullification] undermines the foundation of our judicial system.” Jurors Don’t Need to Check Their Consciences at the Door In his 5 March letter regarding the […]

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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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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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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 20 Jan 2012

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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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 21 Dec 2011

New York Times: Jurors Need to Know That They Can Say No

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Professor of law and former federal prosecutor Paul Butler trusts jurors over power-grabbing prosecutors. Jurors Need to Know That They Can Say No How one feels about jury nullification ultimately depends on how much confidence one has in the jury system. Based on my experience, I trust jurors a lot. I first became interested in […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 17 Jan 2011

You Can 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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Freedom Friday &Lunch Break for Liberty | 28 May 2010

Freedom Friday: Lunch Break for Liberty Online

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Welcome to our second edition of Freedom Friday: Lunch Break for Liberty Online! This week George Washington University Law Professor Paul Butler shares a little idea to counter mass incarceration and unfair criminal-justice policies: jury nullification: We invite you to take a moment during your lunch break today to distribute the video to your friends […]

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