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  • Black lawyer: Free anyone charged with murdering whites

    12/08/2016 6:10:55 PM PST · by kevcol · 74 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 8, 2016 | Paul Bedard
    In a new wrinkle in the "black lives matter" movement, an editor of a top-rated legal website is calling on blacks to scare whites by automatically acquitting African-Americans accused of murdering or raping whites, no matter what the facts. On Above The Law, African-American editor Elie Mystal called for "jury nullification" by blacks when on juries in trials that focus on white victims. "Jury nullification would get white people's attention. Remember how pissed-off white people were about O.J.? And that was just one dude. White people would notice if black jurors simply refused to play along," he wrote.
  • Bundy brothers, 5 other Malheur wildlife refuge occupiers not guilty

    10/27/2016 4:31:45 PM PDT · by AC Beach Patrol · 76 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 10/27/2016 | Russia Today
    Seven people involved in the anti-federal government occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge have been found not guilty of conspiring to impede federal workers from doing their jobs, including Ammon and Ryan Bundy. A jury found all seven remaining occupiers not-guilty of all charges except for one charge that has yet to be disclosed, KBOI reported.
  • Oregon standoff: All defendants found not guilty

    10/27/2016 4:33:58 PM PDT · by Jack Black · 152 replies
    Oregon Live (The Portland Oregonian) ^ | 10/27/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    Update at 4:10 p.m.: All defendants found not guilty.
  • UNBELIEVABLE Update - Oregon "Bundy Militia" Standoff - The Federal Prosecutor...

    01/04/2016 3:52:15 PM PST · by combat_boots · 199 replies
    CTH ^ | January 4, 2016 | by sundance
    The media are focused on the “Bundy Militia” angle to the standoff in Burns Oregon, where Aamon Bundy and brothers have taken over a Malheur Wildlife Refuge Headquarters to draw attention to the plight of the Hammond family (Full Complex Back Story Here).However, a little research (HatTip NeverTooLate) into the original legal battle reveals a rather startling update.Hammond Family The initial, and regarded by many as overreaching, federal prosecution resulted in a federal court judge Michael Hogan assigning a 3-month sentence and 1-year sentence for Dwight Lincoln Hammond Jr (73) and his son, Steven Dwight Hammond (46) respectively.Even federal Judge...
  • Judge Dismisses Denver D.A.'s Unconstitutional Jury Tampering Charges ( jury nullification )

    12/17/2015 9:06:06 AM PST · by george76 · 83 replies
    Reason magazine ^ | Dec. 17, 2015 | Jacob Sullum
    Mitch Morrissey tried to imprison activists for passing out jury nullification pamphlets. Last August, Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey charged two local activists, Mark Iannicelli and Eric Brandt, with seven felonies each for passing out jury nullification pamphlets at the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse. Morrissey continued to pursue those charges even after conceding that such activity is protected by the First Amendment. When I asked Lynn Kimbrough, Morrissey's public information officer, what Iannicelli and Brandt had done that crossed the line from constitutionally protected speech to felonious jury tampering, she refused to say. That's probably because Morrissey had no case, as confirmed...
  • Heroic Judge Peter Jaklevic Defends Justice System From Anarchy of Jurors Maybe Not Convicting

    12/12/2015 9:09:43 AM PST · by FourPeas · 12 replies
    Popehat ^ | 2 December 2015 | Ken White
    Mecosta County District Court Judge Peter Jaklevic is a former career prosecutor, like all righteous judges, and knows the purpose of jurors: to convict like they're told. So when Keith Wood — a wild-eyed former pastor and current lawless anarchist — began distributing seditious incitement to destroy the judicial system, Judge Peter Jaklevic knew just what to do: arrest him. " A 39-year-old former pastor was arrested and jailed in Mecosta County after he handed out fliers informing people about jury nullification in front of the county courthouse. " Keith Wood said he was handing out pamphlets from the Fully...
  • Rethinking jury nullification

    08/07/2015 9:09:00 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    WA Post ^ | August 7, 2015 | Ilya Somin
    Jury nullification occurs when jurors choose not to convict a defendant they believe to be guilty of the offense charged, usually because they conclude that the law in question is unjust or the punishment is excessive. When I first thought about jury nullification as a young law student, I was inclined to be against it. Yes, it could potentially be used to curb unjust laws. But it can also be a vehicle for jury prejudice and bias. ... legal scholar Glenn Reynolds provides a strong defense of nullification. As he points out, the sort of discretion exercised by nullifying jurors...
  • South Florida Man Charged With Growing Marijuana, Found Not Guilty (Jury Nullification)

    03/03/2015 10:55:54 PM PST · by Ken H · 44 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | March 03, 2015 | Keith Jones
    A South Florida man charged with growing marijuana he claims he needs for a medical condition was found not guilty Monday. Jesse Teplicki, 50, had been charged with manufacturing cannabis and was facing up to five years behind bars. "This case is about medical marijuana and for the hundreds of thousands of patients who can use this medicine as an alternative," Teplicki said. It took jurors just 30 minutes to return the verdict.
  • Jury Nullification

    06/06/2014 4:00:34 AM PDT · by knarf · 13 replies
    self ^ | June 6, 2014 | knarf
    While meditating on the concept of jury nullification .. I wondered ..
  • Jury nullification bill wont 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 jurys ability to nullify laws, but the bill wont 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 jurys 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...
  • 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...
  • The Zimmerman Verdict and Jury Nullification

    08/07/2013 1:37:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Jurist ^ | August 7, 2013 | Liz Clark Rinehart, UM Law School Class of 2015
    The response was predictable, even to those who had maintained hope for a different outcome. After the jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin, many cities erupted into protests of what was perceived as a fundamentally unfair and racially-biased verdict that was the result of a broken justice system. Among those protesting that Zimmerman should be punished, some admitted that the flaw was actually found within the Florida law which departs significantly from the common law by allowing individuals who initiate confrontations to use deadly force to defend themselves without a duty to escape. Florida's Stand Your...
  • San Diego jury erases 'stupid' chalk charges

    07/02/2013 9:33:02 AM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 2, 9:40 AM EDT | ELLIOT SPAGAT
    SAN DIEGO JURY ERASES 'STUPID' CHALK CHARGES [ ... major snippage] The judge, who imposed a gag order on participants during the trial, refused to allow Olson's attorney to argue that the messages were constitutionally protected free speech. [... snip]
  • AR magazines worse than murder in NY

    02/07/2013 4:58:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 25 replies
    weaponsman.com ^ | 6 February, 2013 | Weaponsman
    Army veteran Nathan Haddad, who suffered a career-ending shoulder injury whilst trying to qualify for Special Forces, is facing a few other challenges. Five of them, to be precise: felony charges for possessing AR-15 magazines left over from his Army service. A politically ambitious and rabidly anti-veteran local prosecutor in New York State is pressing Haddad for a plea, threatening him with 35 years in prison for the magazines. Ironically, one of the supposed motivators for New Yorks politicians to pass such draconian anti-magazine laws was the use of an AR to murder two firemen. The murderer was no novice:...
  • Jury clears NH man of felony pot charge, use was part of Rastafarian religion

    09/19/2012 10:52:28 AM PDT · by AlmaKing · 17 replies
    New Hampshire Union Leader ^ | 9-18-12 | MARK HAYWARD
    A Belknap County Superior Court jury cleared a Barnstead resident of a felony drug charge last week, siding with a defense lawyer who encouraged the jury to nullify the verdict on the grounds that the marijuana use was part of his Rastafarian religion. The decision on Thursday cleared Doug Darrell, 59, a piano tuner and woodworker, of manufacture of marijuana, a Class B felony that carries a maximum prison sentence of 3 1/2 to seven years. Under the principle of jury nullification, a jury can find a defendant innocent, even if prosecutors have proved guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. It's...
  • Will Lynch Found Not Guilty of Beating (child rapist) Priest

    07/05/2012 5:58:14 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 33 replies
    mercury news ^ | July 5, 2012 | kaplan
    A jury today acquitted a San Francisco man of felony charges that he beat up and abused the cleric he says brutally raped him decades ago. The jury found Will Lynch not guilty of felony elder abuse and felony assault for a confrontation with Rev. Jerold Lindner two years ago. It also found Lynch not guilty of misdemeanor elder abuse, but deadlocked 8-4 in favor of a conviction on misdemeanor assault. The verdict was a triumph for Lynch, now 44, and his supporters, who faithfully picketed outside and packed the Santa Clara County courtroom as the assault trial -- normally...
  • Jury Nullification

    03/17/2012 7:49:03 AM PDT · by Chuckmorse · 47 replies
    A Whig Manifesto ^ | March 16, 2012 | Chuck Morse
    About a year ago, I was called upon by the county of Norfolk in Massachusetts to serve on a jury. I reported for jury duty at the District Court in Quincy, Mass. Before the selection process, in which I was not picked, I, along with my fellow potential jurists, was shown a film that was supposed to inform me of my responsibilities as a jurist. This film was misleading to say the least. Through vagaries and sophistic sleight of hand, the film, which involved instructions from a local judge, prosecutor, and lawyer, left the impression, without a direct statement, that...
  • 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...
  • 'Not Guilty' Verdict in Human Excrement Assault Trial

    04/12/2011 10:12:38 AM PDT · by Main Street · 31 replies
    katu News ^ | Apr 5, 2011 | Lindsay Cohen
    SEATTLE - A bizarre drama that began last summer with a bucket of human excrement thrown at a local woman has ended with a "not guilty" verdict in the trial of the man accused of throwing it. The verdict has left the woman, Cheri Monson, in shock and in tears - and in utter disbelief over the jury's decision. The incident took place last August when Monson was walking up the stairwell to her apartment at a South Seattle public housing complex near Beacon Hill. That's when 70-year-old Ronald V. Ellis, who lived in a neighboring unit, came out and...
  • Jury Nullification Advocate Is Indicted

    02/25/2011 10:52:20 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 182 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 25, 2011 | BENJAMIN WEISER
    * Since 2009, Mr. Heicklen has stood there and at courthouse entrances elsewhere and handed out pamphlets encouraging jurors to ignore the law if they disagree with it, and to render verdicts based on conscience. That concept, called jury nullification, is highly controversial, and courts are hostile to it. But federal prosecutors have now taken the unusual step of having Mr. Heicklen indicted on a charge that his distributing of such pamphlets at the courthouse entrance violates the law against jury tampering. He was arraigned on Friday in a somewhat contentious hearing before Judge Kimba M. Wood, who entered a...