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  • When Brooklyn juries gentrify, defendants lose

    06/19/2014 9:35:33 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 16, 2014 | Josh Saul
    Brooklyn’s courthouses are being rocked by the “Williamsburg Effect.” The influx of well-off and educated white people to trendy neighborhoods such as Williamsburg is rapidly “gentrifying’’ the borough’s jury pool — and transforming verdicts, lawyers and judges told The Post. It’s good news for prosecutors in criminal cases — and bad news for plaintiffs in civil lawsuits, they said.
  • Jury nullification bill won’t move this session ( Alaska )

    04/15/2014 12:03:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | April 15, 2014 | Matt Buxton
    Advocates of jury nullification did their best to improve a bill expanding a jury’s ability to nullify laws, but the bill won’t be making it to a vote this session. House Bill 316, a bill by North Pole Republican Rep. Tammie Wilson, would expand and protect a jury’s right to judge the merits of a law, not just the facts before them, in a criminal case. The bill would allow defendants to argue their case based merits of the law, encouraging jurors to find them not guilty even in cases where evidence shows otherwise. It also would bar judges from...
  • Arizona jury to consider again death penalty for Jodi Arias in September

    03/17/2014 6:33:14 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 44 replies
    MSN News ^ | March 17 2014 | David Schwartz
    PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona judge on Monday set a September court date to try again to determine whether convicted murderer Jodi Arias will be put to death for killing her ex-boyfriend nearly six years ago, court officials said. Arias was convicted by a jury in May 2013 of murdering Travis Alexander, whose body was found slumped in the shower of his suburban Phoenix home in June 2008. He had been stabbed multiple times, shot in the face and had his throat slashed. But the jury deadlocked on whether the former California waitress should be executed or face life in...
  • Afterburner with Bill Whittle: Boiling Frogs

    02/01/2014 12:49:35 PM PST · by Shery · 6 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 1.31.2014 | Bill Whittle
    Afterburner with Bill Whittle: Boiling Frogs http://youtu.be/wuSjsLA9Jdo
  • Jodi Arias: Her $2.1 million legal bill paid by taxpayers

    01/29/2014 10:58:41 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 18 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 28, 2014 | Brian Skoloff
    Jodi Arias was convicted of murder, but still awaits a sentence. So far, Arizona taxpayers have covered $2.1 million in legal fees for the Jodi Arias legal team and other costs associated with her case.
  • Another Path to 'Not Guilty'[Nullification]

    01/23/2014 10:09:25 AM PST · by Theoria · 37 replies
    WSJ ^ | 22 Jan 2014 | Ashby Jones
    Not all juries are created equal. These days, nowhere is that clearer than in New Hampshire. A bill introduced earlier this month in the Granite State's House of Representatives would require judges to tell juries in every criminal case that they are free to exercise a long-standing but controversial power called "nullification." That means jurors can vote to acquit defendants not only if they have reasonable doubt of guilt, but also if they simply don't agree with the underlying law. Juries in criminal cases in the U.S. have long had the power to acquit using the nullification principle. But New...
  • Respecting Juries

    12/09/2013 3:20:19 PM PST · by servo1969 · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12-9-2013 | Clay Conrad
    A Texas jury was recently lambasted in open court for committing jury nullification by visiting judge Jerry Ray because they acquitted a defendant in a driving while intoxicated (DWI) case. Judge Ray went so far as to equate the jury’s verdict with the acquittal of O.J. Simpson. Unfortunately, like many judges, Judge Ray did not understand what jury nullification is, what juries do, or his own obligations as a judge. Jury nullification occurs when a criminal jury votes not guilty, in spite of proof of guilt beyond reasonable doubt, because they believe the law is either unjust or is being...
  • TX: Grisham (open carry) Case Shows Need for Jury Education

    11/03/2013 6:13:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 November, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    The recent mistrial in the case of U.S. Army Master Sgt. C.J. Grisham shows the lack of education of the Bell County jurors. The mistrial occurred because only one juror of the six understood his rights and responsibilities as a juror.    Initially, according to a member of the jury,  L. J. Cotterill, the jury agreed: “we all agreed that the charge itself and the case itself was garbage. This entire matter should have been resolved by two grown men acting like grown men apologizing for their part in a bad situation and buying each other a beer and then...
  • Jury Finds Police Not Liable for Occupy Protester's Injuries (CAPTION fun - AGAIN!)

    08/09/2013 10:40:59 PM PDT · by Libloather · 36 replies
    OPB ^ | 8/09/13
    **SNIP** Jurors heard closing arguments, then deliberated four hours before returning their verdict. Their decision: Officers did not violate Elizabeth Nichols’ free speech rights. Nor did they use excessive force when they shoved her in the throat with a baton, pepper sprayed her open mouth and dragged her by her hair.
  • JURY NULLIFICATION (Time to REVIEW)

    08/09/2013 10:40:41 AM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 16 replies
    Vanity ^ | 2004 | Dick Bachert
    Given the monumental increase in CORRUPTION in government at all levels, I thought it might be a good idea to send this around once again.  As you'll see, this relates to the Georgia Constitution. I'd urge you to investigate YOUR state constitution to see if it contains a clause on JURY NULLIFICATION. If it DOES NOT, why don't you FIND OUT WHY? Thanks to the wisdom of the Founders, we have -- or once HAD -- 4 bulwarks against TYRANNY: They were the 1) SOAP BOX (First Amendment), 2) the BALLOT BOX, 3) the JURY BOX and (pray that...
  • Court to Decide if Lawyers Can Block Gays From Juries

    07/29/2013 4:17:11 PM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7/29/13 | ADAM LIPTAK
    WASHINGTON — Last month’s Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage were major gay rights victories. But countless questions about the legal rights of gay men and lesbians remain. Here’s one: May gays be excluded from juries on account of their sexual orientation? The federal appeals court in California will soon decide the issue, which turns out to be surprisingly knotty. It arose at the 2011 trial of an antitrust fight between two giant drug companies. After a potential juror appeared to reveal that he was gay, a lawyer for Abbott Laboratories used a peremptory strike — one that does not...
  • Juror B29 was framed… sort of (Another shameful editing by the lamestream media against Zimmerman)

    07/27/2013 7:03:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/27/2013 | Jazz Shaw
    Allahpundit took a first look at the big Juror B29 Breaking News on Thursday, and like many of us, was left scratching his head. The headlines which showed up all across the media all focused on one money line from ABC’s big interview with “Maddy” because it was just so gosh darned irresistible. “George Zimmerman Got Away With Murder.”Another person who jumped on that headline, albeit from a different angle, was Dr. James Joyner. That’s not surprising given the number of others who reported the “news” pretty much as presented by ABC. But now he’s had time to look over...
  • State Representative Believes Trayvon Was Entitled to a Jury of His Peers (VANITY)

    07/24/2013 7:20:06 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 73 replies
    Jim continues discussion of the George Zimmerman trial verdict with Baton Rouge Rep. Ted James. *** 8 minutes in and 23 minutes in. At 23:30 he "stakes" his law degree that Trayvon was entitled to a jury of his peers, despite a listener pointing out that, in fact, it was the defendant, Zimmerman, entitled to such Constitutional protection. The rest of the conversation contains the usual spin mixed with falsehoods: That stand your ground had something to do with this case, that TM was an innocent child shot down, etc.
  • Black Alternate Juror For Zimmerman Trial: "I Supported The Verdict"

    07/18/2013 11:22:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    RCP ^ | 07/18/2013
    WOFL-TV Orlando had an opportunity to interview one of the four alternate jurors in the George Zimmerman murder trial. "I supported the verdict," said Juror E54. "I agree with it." CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO OF THE INTERVIEW.
  • Zimmerman juror calls for change in self-defense laws (B-37 again)

    07/17/2013 2:53:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 17, 2013 | Daniel Trotta and Bill Cotterell
    A member of the jury that found George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin called for changes in Florida's self-defense law, which she said gave jurors no option but to acquit the defendant. The juror's statement adds to pleas from around the country to change the Stand Your Ground laws that more than 30 states have adopted. In Florida, demonstrators occupied a part of the governor's office demanding that the state repeal or curtail its 2005 law. With her identity kept secret, the juror, designated B-37, gave an interview to CNN on Monday...
  • Here's The Questionnaire Lawyers Used To Pick The George Zimmerman Jury (Could you pass?)

    07/17/2013 2:30:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/17/2013 | PAMELA ENGEL
    The questionnaire lawyers used to select jurors for the George Zimmerman trial has been released online.It seems pretty standard and meant to root out people who might be biased or have already decided on Zimmerman's guilt or innocence. The six-person jury ended up being all women.And it looks like defense attorney Don West's poorly timed knock-knock joke was pretty accurate — the first question on the list is: "Have you ever heard of George Zimmerman?"The document is embedded below:State v. Zimmerman -Jury Questionnaire by yamichea
  • Racism, the U. S. Justice System, and the Trayvon Martin Verdict

    07/17/2013 3:15:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    In These Times ^ | July 16, 2013 | Flint Taylor
    What happens when African Americans don’t get a jury of their peers? While the unquestionably unfair verdict in the Trayvon Martin case, rendered in Florida by five whites and one Latina, should be deeply troubling to persons of all races who care about racial justice, U. S. history, as well as the current racial reality in this country, teaches that it should not come as a surprise. The jury, simply put, decided that a white police wannabe could justifiably profile an unarmed African-American 17-year-old as a criminal, hunt him down, and fatally shoot him. Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump likened...
  • Zimmerman Juror: Race Wasn't a Factor, 'Both Were Responsible'

    07/15/2013 9:04:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | July 15, 2013 | Margaret Hartmann
    After weeks of media speculation on what the jurors in George Zimmerman's murder trial might be thinking, one of the six women who acquitted him spoke out for the first time tonight. The woman appeared on Anderson Cooper 360 in silhouette and was identified only by her juror number, B-37. While the verdict sparked protests across the country and a massive discussion on race, the juror says the issue never came up in deliberations. “I thought all of us did not think race played a role,” she said. George Zimmerman would have “profiled anybody who came in and acted strange,”...
  • George Zimmerman Trial Juror To Write Book

    07/15/2013 9:39:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Mediabistro's Galleycat ^ | July 15, 2013 | Jason Boog
    Juror B37 in the George Zimmerman trial has signed (along with her attorney husband) with literary agent and Martin Literary Management president Sharlene Martin. Along with the other jurors, Juror B37 found Zimmerman not guilty in the controversial trial. Literary agent Martin had this statement: My hope is that people will read Juror B37’s book, written with her attorney husband, and understand the commitment it takes to serve and be sequestered on a jury in a highly publicized murder trial and how important, despite one’s personal viewpoints, it is to follow the letter of the law. It could open a...
  • Zimmerman Jury Photo released

    07/14/2013 6:04:43 PM PDT · by CodeToad · 86 replies
    7/14/2013 | Unknown
    Zimmerman Jury Photo Released...
  • Obama on verdict: We’re ‘a nation of laws and a jury has spoken’ (Obamacare still delayed)

    07/14/2013 3:40:15 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/14/13 | Ben Goad, Meghashyam Mali
    President Obama on Sunday called the death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin a “tragedy” and urged calm one day after shooter George Zimmerman was acquitted, saying that American was a “nation of laws, and a jury has spoken.” “The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America,” said Obama in a statement. “I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher,” he continued. “But we are a nation of laws, and a jury...
  • Zimmerman Trial - DELIBERATIONS: Two Hours Into Deliberations Jury Had Question (VIDEO)

    07/13/2013 4:52:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 102 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | 07/12/2013 | Michael Mortimer
    Lawyers and media go into full "what does it mean" mode when during deliberations the jury sends out a question. The lawyers' legs turn to noodles while they wait for the Judge to read the question(s) posed. (A lot can be speculated by jurors' questions.) The process goes something like this: - Jurors agree on the question. They write it on to a piece of paper. (No e-mail, texts, or electronic means used to communicate the question.) - A juror hands it to the deputy / bailiff posted at the jury room door. - The bailiff walks it to the...
  • Jurors start deliberating George Zimmerman case

    07/12/2013 12:20:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 07/12/2013 | MIKE SCHNEIDER and KYLE HIGHTOWER
    <p>SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A jury began deliberating George Zimmerman's fate Friday after hearing dueling portraits of the neighborhood watch captain: a wannabe cop who took the law into his own hands or a well-meaning volunteer who shot Trayvon Martin because he feared for his life.</p>
  • Zimmerman trial, Jury present during Judge questioning

    07/11/2013 9:20:56 PM PDT · by CherylBower · 36 replies
    7-11-13 | Me
    Just a question: I've heard Judge Nelson asked G Zimmerman directly if he planned on testifying at two different times during this farce of a "trial". Was the jury present during either of these interrogations? The way it was done was highly inappropriate, if not the questions themselves. But if the jury heard this, that would be highly prejudicial, from the Judge. Astounding.
  • Zimmerman Jury Selection — Day Eight Wrap-Up

    06/20/2013 5:05:13 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 15 replies
    legalinsurrection.com ^ | 6-19-2013 | Andrew Branca
    Today was the first day of general voir dire of the prospective jurors, now numbering 40. (Click here for a compilation of our notes on all 40 prospective jurors.) The prospective jurors were to be questioned en masse, which required some reorganization of the courtroom. Interestingly, this re-arrangement had George Zimmerman sitting only a few feet away fro Trayvon Martin’s parents.Formal Reading of the Criminal Charge At the start Judge Nelson read the jury the criminal charge, which is murder in the second degree, with an add-on firearm charge. Then things were turned over to de la Rionda, who would...
  • Zimmerman Jury Selection — Day Three Wrap-Up

    06/13/2013 5:42:15 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 15 replies
    legalinsurrection.com ^ | 6-12-2013 | Andrew Branca
    Today the Court continued its preliminary questioning of prospective jurors, moving through 10 candidates by the end of the day. As was the case yesterday, questions were limited to how much exposure the prospective juror had to the case through the media and other channels, as well as how that may have impacted their opinion of the case. Interestingly, Judge Nelson spoke directly to George Zimmerman this morning before the jurors began to be brought in, asking him if he was satisfied with how his counsel were managing the voir dire. Mr. Zimmerman responded, “Yes, your Honor.” There was also...
  • Details of Kermit Gosnell Abortion Horrors Taking Emotional Toll on Jury

    05/10/2013 8:53:30 PM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    Life News ^ | Cheryl Sullenger
    Day Eight of jury deliberations in the Kermit Gosnell murder case ended yesterday without a verdict after more testimony from another witness was read back. The jury heard the testimony of Adrienne Moton, the first of Gosnell’s former employees to testify. Moton previously pled guilty to one count of third degree murder for snipping the spinal cord of Baby D, two counts of conspiracy and one count related to corrupt organizations. Her guilty plea allows her the possibility of a lighter sentence based on her cooperation with the prosecution. She has not yet been sentenced. Gosnell faces first degree murder...
  • Gosnell Jury Seeks Files for Abortion Patient Denied Informed Consent

    05/01/2013 9:49:30 AM PDT · by Morgana
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt, Cherly Sullenger
    Most of the focus in the murder trial of abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell is on the murder charges he faces for killing babies in abortion-infanticides and for killing a woman in a botched abortion. But Gosnell faces more than 200 charges related to violating Pennsylvania state law that requires him to provide women with informed consent 24 hours prior to the abortion. Gosnell is charged with breaking that law by not giving women information about abortion risks and alternatives 24 hours prior to the abortion. As local reporter J.D. Mullane reported this morning, the Gosnell jury asked for patient information...
  • California Democrats Move to Allow Non-Citizens on Jury

    04/28/2013 8:41:21 AM PDT · by swampthang77 · 54 replies
    USBC News ^ | 2013, 04,27 | USBC News Wire
    USBC News Wire. Sacramento, California- A California Democratic Party politician, Bob Wieckowski, is pushing a controversial bill which would allow non-citizens to judge American citizens by serving on juries in California. The bill, which is likely to be struck down by courts as unconstitutional, has already passed the California assembly 45-25 supported by the Democratic Party and liberal Republicans. The bill will now move on to the California Senate. Critics have questioned the rationale behind such a bill...
  • California Assembly approves bill allowing non-citizen immigrants to serve on juries

    04/26/2013 10:08:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 04/26/2013
    <p>Non-citizen immigrants lawfully residing in California would be eligible for jury duty under a bill that cleared the Assembly on Thursday.</p> <p>Current state law allows only United States citizens to serve on juries. However, the state Constitution does not restrict immigrants residing legally in California from being summoned. Assembly Bill 1401 would no longer exclude "lawfully present immigrants" from jury lists drawn in part by the Department of Motor Vehicles records. The bill was written by seven Democrats on the Assembly Judiciary Committee, including the chairman, Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont.</p>
  • State bill would allow non-citizens to serve as jurors

    04/25/2013 2:04:39 PM PDT · by rey · 44 replies
    Press Democrat/ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | April 25, 2013 | JUDY LIN
    State bill would allow non-citizens to serve as jurors By JUDY LIN ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 12:24 p.m. Last Modified: Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 12:24 p.m. SACRAMENTO — The state Assembly on Thursday passed a bill that would make California the first state in the nation to allow non-citizens who are in the country legally to serve on jury duty.
  • Jury Sees Photos of Unborn Babies Kermit Gosnell Stabbed in the Neck

    04/03/2013 2:17:09 PM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    Life News ^ | Cheryl Sullenger
    Photos of the bodies of several aborted babies were shown to the jury today, each with a gaping wound in the back of their necks, as testimony continued in the Kermit Gosnell murder case. The babies were all intact and had the appearance of being partially mummified or dried. The brownish-black skin had shrunk as it dried, revealing the upper spinal column that authorities say was pierced with scissors in order to snip the spinal cords of newborn babies born alive during abortions by Gosnell. Photos of the remains of Karnamaya Mongar, the woman who died as a result of...
  • Alleged rape victim acquitted in priest assault (SF Cal)

    07/06/2012 4:39:06 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 5, 2012 | Kevin Fagan
    William Lynch never disputed that he had punched a retired Catholic priest in an old folks home in Los Gatos. He said the cleric raped him nearly four decades ago, that he had simply snapped when he demanded an admission of guilt. He didn't expect a jury to overlook the letter of the law and let him go. But Thursday, in a verdict that drew gasps of astonishment in a San Jose courtroom, the jury said the 44-year-old Lynch was not guilty of felony assault and elder abuse in the 2010 attack on Jerold Lindner, 67. The panel considered a...
  • Jury selected in Sandusky child sex abuse case has ties to Penn State

    06/07/2012 5:02:36 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6-6-2012 | AP
    BELLEFONTE, Pa. – A jury dominated by people with Penn State loyalties was selected Wednesday to decide Jerry Sandusky's fate in the child sexual abuse scandal that rocked the university and led to football coach Joe Paterno's downfall. The seven women and five men who will hear opening statements on Monday include an engineering administrative assistant at Penn State, a dance teacher in the continuing education program and a professor who has been on the faculty for 24 years. Also: a Penn State senior, a retired soil sciences professor with 37 years at the university, a man with bachelor's and...
  • Krauthammer: Obama Denounced Enhanced Interrogation; Now He's Judge, Jury And Executioner

    05/30/2012 9:06:47 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 5/29/12 | staff
    "We can understand why Obama is doing this," syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said about the president's 'kill list.' "Why they clearly leaked this to the press. They want obama to look tough, hawkish and part of that is what is happening around the world. You look at massacres in Syria, he is standing by. You look at negotiations with Iran over it nukes, they're going nowhere. There is a collapse in Baghdad. Look at the way that the Russians are treating the United States. Putin dissing Obama personally by not showing up at the G8 summit or the NATO summit...
  • Supreme Court says double jeopardy does not protect against murder retrial

    05/24/2012 8:08:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 102 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Thursday, May 24 2012, 5:49 PM | Robert Barnes
    Arkansas may retry a man for murder even though jurors in his first trial were unanimous that he was not guilty, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Alex Blueford, who is accused of killing his girlfriend’s 1-year-old son, is not protected by the Constitution’s Double Jeopardy Clause, the court ruled in a 6 to 3 decision. Because the judge dismissed the jury when it was unable to reach agreement on lesser charges, Blueford was not officially cleared of any of the charges, the majority said, and thus may be retried. “The jury in this case did not convict Blueford of any...
  • Take Back Our Criminal Justice System, Use Jury Nullification

    05/22/2012 4:02:41 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 33 replies
    Silicon Valley De-Bug ^ | May 8, 2012 | Aram James
    On April 19, 2012 New York federal Judge Kimba Wood dismissed an indictment against 80-year old Julian P. Heicklen for alleged jury tampering in the case against him for handing out materials to members of the public regarding the right of jurors to apply the historic doctrine of jury nullification. Nullification is the right of jurors to come back with a verdict of not-guilty even if the jurors believe that the defendant in fact technically violated the law, but the jurors conclude that the law in question is an immoral or bad law or a reasonable law applied in a...
  • Jury selection set to begin in John Edwards trial

    04/12/2012 2:32:08 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/12/12 | MICHAEL BIESECKER
    Jury selection set to begin in John Edwards trialBy MICHAEL BIESECKER | Associated Press – 1 hr 5 mins ago GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — After years of investigation, denials and delays, jury selection was set to begin Thursday for the criminal trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards. Edwards was expected inside a Greensboro, N.C., courtroom to face six criminal counts related to nearly $1 million in secret payments made by two campaign donors to help hide the married Democrat's pregnant mistress as he sought the White House in 2008. The money flowed to Andrew Young, a former campaign aide...
  • Possible voter fraud? My grandfather died 12 years ago, jury duty card.

    04/09/2012 5:39:42 AM PDT · by mikelets456 · 25 replies
    Me | 4/9/2012 | Me
    My Grandfather died in 2000 and recently we received a “ report for jury duty” card in the mail. This has never happened before in the 12/13 years since his passing. It got us to thinking, We believe someone voted in his name for the Corzine/Christie election or the Obama election. How do we find out if he was registered to vote? Will they tell us which location he voted? If we find out, then what do we do? Short of standing in the district he voted and “calling him/her out”, what steps can we take to bring justice?
  • Go to Trial: Crash the Justice System

    03/12/2012 4:12:39 PM PDT · by MetaThought · 61 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Published: March 10, 2012 | MICHELLE ALEXANDER
    More than 90 percent of criminal cases are never tried before a jury. AFTER years as a civil rights lawyer, I rarely find myself speechless. But some questions a woman I know posed during a phone conversation one recent evening gave me pause: “What would happen if we organized thousands, even hundreds of thousands, of people charged with crimes to refuse to play the game, to refuse to plea out? What if they all insisted on their Sixth Amendment right to trial? Couldn’t we bring the whole system to a halt just like that?” ... I was stunned by Susan’s...
  • DA: Death penalty out in all but one of four torture slaying suspects

    03/09/2012 8:32:59 AM PST · by SmithL · 38 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 3/9/12 | Jamie Satterfield
    It's official. Death is no longer a possible fate for three of four defendants in the January 20007 torture slayings of a Knox County couple. Assistant District Attorney General Leland Price has filed notice of an intention to seek the death penalty as punishment in the deaths of Channon Christian, 21, and boyfriend Christopher Newsom, 23, only against alleged ringleader Lemaricus Davidson. Price this month notified attorneys for Davidson's brother, Letalvis Cobbins, and Cobbins' friend, George Thomas, that he will push for a fate in their cases no more than life without possibility of parole. Because Cobbins' girlfriend, Vanessa Coleman,...
  • DOJ SHOT Show cases ‘falling apart’-Breuer drops prosecution(ATF)

    02/24/2012 5:25:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 23 February, 2012 | David Codrea
    “[T]he Justice Department's cases have, well, fallen apart, primarily because justice department prosecutors were repeatedly unable to prove to juries that what the defendants had done was illegal,” The Outdoor Wire is reporting today. The cases they’re referring to resulted from the SHOT Show sting, a story Gun Rights Examiner reported in a January 2010 column. “There's been a bust at the 2010 Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show and Conference (SHOT Show). The FBI has arrested 21 ‘executives and employees of military and law enforcement products companies’ for bribery of foreign officials,” the report explained. “SHOT Show bust leaves more...
  • Coast to Coast - Sun, Jan 8th: Informed Jury Movement

    01/08/2012 6:24:48 AM PST · by djf · 27 replies
    Coast to Coast AM ^ | Jan 8th 2011 | C2C
    Tonight on Coast to Coast Ian Punnet will be interviewing Dr. Roger Roots on the fully informed jury movement. This one could be a real barn-burner!!
  • The truth is no defense

    12/13/2011 9:08:05 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/13/2011 | Doug Book
    Prosecutors in New York City have decided that the dissemination of truth near American courthouses threatens to rock the very foundations of the American legal system. For years, retired Penn State chemistry professor Julian Heicklen has handed out literature to passersby in front of the Manhattan courthouse, informing them of the rights of jurors. As stated by the Fully Informed Jury Association, “the primary function of the independent juror is not, as many think, to dispense punishment to fellow citizens accused of breaking various laws, but rather to protect fellow citizens from tyrannical abuses of power by government.” And as...
  • Feds: Jury Nullification Advocacy Not Protected Speech

    11/29/2011 9:41:04 AM PST · by don-o · 35 replies
    tomwoods.com ^ | Thomas E Woods
    Retired chemistry professor Julian Heicklen is facing imprisonment for advocating jury nullification to passersby, following an indictment by federal prosecutors last year, according to the New York Times. He stood on a plaza outside the United States Courthouse in Manhattan and handed out brochures on the subject. According to prosecutors, Heicklen’s “advocacy of jury nullification, directed as it is to jurors, would be both criminal and without Constitutional protections no matter where it occurred…. His speech is not protected by the First Amendment…. No legal system could long survive if it gave every individual the option of disregarding with impunity...
  • Read: Casey Anthony jurors' names

    10/25/2011 10:50:24 AM PDT · by KyGeezer · 54 replies
    WFTV ^ | 10/25/11
    #1 Joan G. Meier #2 Raymond L Screen #3 #4 Linda F Bills #5 Harriet B White #6 Brian P Berling #7 Kimberly A Kimball #8 Kathleen A Nighland #9 James P Kearns #10 Ronald H Robertson #11 David W Angelo #12 Mary L Fuhr
  • Does trial by Jury still work?

    07/12/2011 10:06:07 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 35 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | 7/11/11 | Mainestategop
    I've meant to write about this for sometime but the recent verdict with Casey Anthony was what brought me into writing it. This incident is disgusting and shows that the jury trial, which was considered an important right and cornerstone in our nation's founding HAS been undermined. It shows how far we have drifted from our Christian values and the philosophical values of our godly founders who gave us this great nation. My view of why this happened can be summed up by Rush Limbaugh who pointed to the so called pro-choice movement that advocates legal murder for babies... "You...
  • Casey Anthony juror, 60, quits work and flees town in fear of her life

    A juror in the Casey Anthony trial has told how she received death threats and has been unable to work since she was cleared of murder. The woman, known only as juror number 12 left her job and went into hiding fearing co-workers would 'want her head on a platter'. Her husband said before leaving she told him: 'I’d rather go to jail than sit on a jury like this again.' He told NBC News he was worried for her health and had his bags packed ready to leave if his 60-year-old wife's name gets released. The woman, who moved...
  • Anthony Jury Reached Correct Verdict

    07/07/2011 1:45:03 PM PDT · by kathsua · 95 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 7/07/11 | reasonmclucus
    The Casey Anthony jury reached the correct verdict. The question put to the jury wasn't did Casey Anthony kill her daughter Caylee Anthony, but did she deliberately carry out a plan to murder Caylee by suffocating her with duct tape. The jury didn't buy the prosecutor's claim of premeditated murder and its easy to understand why they might have rejected it. When I first heard of what the prosecution was attempting to do I thought they had a difficult, if not impossible, task before them. I could believe that Casey got frustrated because she couldn't get her daughter to shut...
  • D-Day for Casey: Prosecutors dismiss 'absurd' claim that Caylee drowned

    07/04/2011 11:57:32 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7:05 PM on 4th July 2011 | By Jacqui Goddard
    Casey Anthony’s six-week murder trial finally rested today as jurors were sent away to decide whether her two-year-old daughter was the victim of an accidental drowning that she covered up out of fear and grief, or was brutally murdered by a 'pathological liar' who wanted to live free and party. Judge Belvin Perry dispatched the jury in Orlando, Florida, to consider their verdict after the state delivered an emotionally stirring rebuttal to the defence’s closing arguments, telling the panel of seven men and five woman that Caylee Anthony died in June 2008 at the hands of 'the most well documented...