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Jury Nullification

 

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Jury Nullification

Jury Nullification

Jury Nullification: A sanctioned doctrine of trial proceedings wherein members of a jury disregard either the evidence presented or the instructions of the judge in order to reach a verdict based upon their own consciences. It espouses the concept that jurors should be the judges of both law and fact.

~"The jury has a right to judge both law as well as the fact in controversy."  -John Jay, 1st Chief justice U.S. Supreme Court, (1789)

~"The law itself is on trial quite as much as the cause which is to be decided."  -Harlan F. Stone, 12th Chief justice U.S. Supreme Court, (1941)

~"The pages of history shine on instances of the jury's exercise of its prerogative to disregard instructions of the judge..."  -U.S. vs. Dougherty, 473 F 2nd 1113, 1139 (1972)

~"All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void."  Maybury vs. Madison, 5 US (2 Cranch) 137, 174, 176 (1803)

What does all of this mean?  It means that the jury has a lot of power; more power than the judge trying the case.  The jury has the power to give a person freedom where no immoral crime has been committed.  This is what judges don't tell juries and for good reason if they are to protect the states interests.

We must let the people know of their power and we can end government oppression.  We all have an obligation to look out for our own people and not for the best interests of the government or corporations. You may not see imprisonment as government oppression, but it is according to the US Constitution.

~"Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."  US Constitution Amendment 13, Section 1

You are a slave of the state if you are imprisoned, by law.  I'm sure we can all agree that breaking some laws are punishable with prison.  However, non-violent victim-less crimes should not put a person in prison.  If a person grows a plant and then uses that plant to help themselves, who is anyone to say what that person can or cannot do with it?  The private prison industry is the biggest benefactor of drug related crimes and imprisonment.  The United States of America is around 15% of the worlds population; with 25% of the worlds prison population.  Most of whom are in prison for non-violent drug related crimes.  If someone has a drug problem they are sick and shouldn't be imprisoned for it.  There is a lot of money in private prisons and here are some stories about how they do it:

-How private companies make money off US prisons.

-6 Shocking Revelations About How Private Prisons Make Their Money.

-How Much Money Do Private Prisons Make? They're Earning Thousands Per Inmate.

 

As stated in the November 30, 1984 edition of the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

"At the time oft he adoption of the Constitution, the jury's role as defense against political oppression was unquestioned in American jurisprudence.  This nation survived until he 1850's, when prosecutions under the Fugitive Slave Act were largely unsuccessful because juries refused to convict."

"Then Judges began to erode the institution of free juries, leading to the absurd compromise that is the current state of the law. While our courts uniformly state juries have the power to return a verdict of not guilty whatever the facts, they routinely tell jurors the opposite."

"Further, the courts will not allow the defendants or their counsel to inform the jurors of their true power. A lawyer who made . . . Hamilton's argument would face professional discipline and charges of contempt of court."

"By what logic should juries have the power to acquit a defendant but no right to know about that power? The court decisions that have suppressed the notion of jury nullification cannot resolve this paradox."

"More than logic has suffered. As originally conceived, juries were to be made a safety valve way to soften the bureaucratic rigidity of the judicial system by introducing the common sense of the community. If they are to function effectively as the 'conscience of the community,' jurors must be told that they have the power and the right to say no to a prosecution in order to achieve a greater good. To cut jurors off from this information is to undermine one of our most important institutions."

"Perhaps the community should educate itself. Then citizens called for jury duty could teach the judges a needed lesson in civics."

Learn more about the untold story of jury nullification. HERE

"We the People" have a lot of power, but we have sadly forgot.  We are the government because we have the strength in numbers.  Lets take our power back and start helping educate "we the people" around us.

 

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