State Adopts Jury Nullification Jurors Can Question Law

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    Outstanding move on New Hampshire Governor John Lynch's part. One state down, 49 more to go.

    Jury nullification, in which jurors refuse to convict defendants under laws they find objectionable or inappropriately applied, is a favored tactic of many libertarians who, rightly or wrongly perceive individual liberty as, at best, a minority taste among their neighbors. They like the idea of a tool that can be wielded on the spot to shield people from powerful control freaks without first having to win a popularity contest. But nullification is useful only if people know about it. And last week, New Hampshire's governor signed a law requiring the state's judges to permit defense attorneys to inform jurors of their right to nullify the law.

    New Hampshire Governor John Lynch signed HB 146 on June 18, 2012 - which reads:

    "A right of accused. In all criminal proceedings the court shall permit the defense to inform the jury of its right to judge the facts and the application of the law in relation to the facts in controversy."
    US~Observer - New Hampshire legalizes jury nullification
     
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    The justice system really is going to crap.
     
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    Afros often use jury nullification, like when they refuse to vote Afro defendants guilty of crimes against whites.
     
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    This is new? I always thought the jury reigned supreme and law be damned. I some really outrageous cases judges have declared a miscarriage of justice.
     
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    Jury "pardons" have been around as long as juries have existed.
     
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    The way it is now a jury HAS to convict if the person broke the law, no matter what the law is.

    Example.

    Say a State has a law that says people under 5 feet tall must ride at the back of the Bus. Ms. Shirly Shortcake is arrested for sitting in the front of the bus. The judge instructs the Jury to find only if the Defendant violated the Law, thus guaranteeing her conviction and sentencing to jail.

    Unbeknownst to most Jurors they have the Power of "Jury Nullification" which is the ability to find a defendant not guilty if they believe a Law is unjust, even if that defendant is absolutely guilty in a Court of Law.

    If Juries understood this and started finding people not guilty for certain crimes like Drug Possession then guess what? The State won't spend any more time trying them because they won't get convicted!

    This is how Americans fight back against unjust Laws that our elected officials foist upon us.
     
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