Good Jurors Nullify Bad Laws: Reclaiming the Right of Every Juror | Nathan Tschepik   Leave a comment

Brad and I have both been party to jury nullification, something I suppose I should discuss sometime when I am not editing a novel. It is a perfectly legal standard and was recognized through the United States really until the War on Drugs. More about that some time soon. Lela

Today’s juries serve with their hands tied and eyes closed, a fact that serves no one but overzealous prosecutors. The huge knowledge gap among American jurors in every state is patent and dangerous, as it not only supports the massive incarceration of Americans, but undergirds the explosion of legally and morally suspect laws and statutes that feed citizens into cycles of imprisonment.

Jury nullification is not some privilege proffered by a magnanimous prosecution; it is the jury’s right to know and to use.Jury nullification is the constitutionally guaranteed right of every juror and jury to vote and issue any verdict they see fit without fear of punishment. This freedom from penalty frees the jurors to vote according to their conscience and not be bound to unjust or extraneous laws and punishments. The jury, therefore, has the right not only to judge the facts in a trial, but the very law itself — a right that undergirds the efficacy and basis of the jury system as a check on government power.

Source: Good Jurors Nullify Bad Laws: Reclaiming the Right of Every Juror | Nathan Tschepik

Posted August 9, 2016 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

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