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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification &Sixth Amendment | 26 Nov 2014

-What If Every Accused Person Demanded Trial by Jury?

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Michelle Alexander, associate professor at Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, this weekend in an op-ed for The New York Times shared a conversation she had with Susan Burton, executive director of A New Way of Life in Los Angeles, […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 02 Oct 2014

-Are the Feds Dialing Back Punishment for Trial by Jury?

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Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) yesterday reported on a recent memo issued by outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder with regard to what is known as the “trial penalty”—the effective punishment of a defendant’s use of the Constitutionally guaranteed right to trial by jury, with prosecutors adding extra penalties for which the defendant is at risk […]

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Function of Juries | 01 Oct 2014

-Prosecutor Drops Case without Explanation After Opening Statements

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After hounding a defendant for more than two years, federal prosecutors abandoned their case against a Georgia man just after the trial began. Feds Drop Case After Opening Statements For two years, criminal defense lawyer Jay Strongwater could not persuade federal prosecutors to drop felony drug and gun charges against his client. But after Strongwater […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice | 17 Sep 2014

-Jury Takes 4 Minutes to Acquit Man Who Spent 10 Months in Jail

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Watch the short video below to hear the story of Florida resident Ryan Wilson who was wrongly accused of being involved in a string of car and house fires. His jury took just four minutes to acquit him, but he had already been punished by being locked up for 10 months leading up to the […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 25 Mar 2014

-Our Criminal Justice System Has Become a Crime

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In this editorial, Glenn Harlan Reynolds argues in USA Today that there is little justice in our so-called “justice” system, with the jury trials that are so common on television and in the movies being the exception in real life and abusive overcharging in order to coerce people into plea bargains being the rule. Our […]

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Function of Juries | 10 Nov 2013

-Is Mixing Drug and Weapons Charges a Strategy to Undermine Jury Rights?

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More and more I’m noticing cases that involve BOTH drug and firearms charges, including this one in which a Seattle robbery victim who was tied up and held at gunpoint is being charged for both marijuana- and firearm-related offenses because he defensively shot at the people who broke into his home and stole pot and […]

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Media Releases | 14 Mar 2013

-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Prosecutors Coerce Defendants to Forfeit Right to Trial by Jury

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March 14, 2013 Prosecutors Coerce Defendants to Forfeit Right to Trial by Jury FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: (406) 442-7800; aji@fija.org Helena, MT—Elliot R. Peters, attorney for the late Internet activist Aaron Swartz, alleges prosecutorial misconduct by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Heyman in a letter submitted to the Department of Justice’s Office of Professional Responsibility. Among […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 06 Feb 2013

-Ham Sandwich Nation: Due Process When Everything is a Crime

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In this recent paper, Glenn Harlan Reynolds discusses the detrimental consequences to individuals’ right to due process of overcriminalization and prosecutorial abuse facilitated by prosecutorial immunity. Ham Sandwich Nation: Due Process When Everything is a Crime Given the vast web of legislation and regulation that exists today, virtually any American is at risk of prosecution […]

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Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice | 04 Apr 2012

Judge Rejects Prosecutorial Request to Bar Free Speech Defense in Occupy Trial and Other Prosecutorial Shenanigans

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We recently brought you news of a case in Iowa in which a jury nullified a local rule, deciding in favor of the defendant on the basis that he was exercising his First Amendment rights. The jury ruled that the defendant’s exercise of his freedom of speech on public property took precedence over a locally […]

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Function of Juries &Jury Nullification | 06 Jul 2011

Jury can send message on medical marijuana law

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The following letter to the editor, submitted by Thomas DeLaTorre of Pinckney, MT, was recently published in the Livingston Daily in Livingston, MT: Jury can send message on medical marijuana law Being on a jury can be one of the greatest experiences of citizenship. It is a duty that you should not take lightly or […]

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Freedom Friday &Function of Juries &Jurors Doing Justice &Lunch Break for Liberty | 20 May 2011

Freedom Friday- Lunch Break for Liberty

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In this week’s Freedom Friday, Phil Mocek discusses his court victory in which a jury delivered a resounding No! to harassment of citizens by government agents enforcing their personal whims rather than the law. We posted about his case here. FIJA spoke with Mocek regarding his jury’s role in protecting him from government agents who […]

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Freedom Friday &Lunch Break for Liberty | 15 Apr 2011

Freedom Friday- Lunch Break for Liberty

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This week’s Freedom Friday video shines a bright light on the jury selection process from a prosecuting attorney. In this excerpt from a 1980’s training video for prosecutors, then Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney Jack McMahon explains that the prosecution isn’t concerned with justice, but rather with winning the case. Based on this, he encourages prosecutors […]

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