Monday, January 12, 2015

What is Jury Nullification? -- Silk Road Trial #FreeRoss #EndTheDrugWar #JuryNullification

Jury Nullification is the term given to the process where the jury of a criminal case acquits the defendant regardless if he has broken the law in question.

How come I haven't heard about this before?
Because for almost a century, judges have been failing to inform juries about this right and responsibility, and have gone to great lengths to keep defense attorneys from informing juries about jury nullification. In the 1895 case Sparf v. US, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that a trial judge has no responsibility to inform juries of their right & responsibility to nullify laws. Sometimes, in direct opposition to the purpose of a jury, a judge will instruct a jury to apply the law as it is given to them whether they agree with the law or not. In some situations, the judge will call a mistrial if an attempt by the defense attorney to inform the jury about this important right and responsibility. Why would they do such a thing?

In short, because it takes power away from the government and gives it to the people.

The Founding Fathers believed that the people should have power over the government to prevent exactly this sort of abuse of power.

What is the War on Drugs?

The War on Drugs is an American term commonly applied to a campaign of prohibition of drugs, military aid, and military intervention, with the stated aim being to define and reduce the illegal drug trade.

In June 1971, President Nixon declared a “war on drugs.” He dramatically increased the size and presence of federal drug control agencies, and pushed through measures such as mandatory sentencing and no-knock warrants.

End the Drug War


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