Jury? Nullification?

A jury is a group of 12 people, chosen to determine the punishment of the accused. The jury in the United States, was established in order to prevent tyrannical punishment(and laws in general) from being carried out by the government.

Nullification was used through history in order to protect whats right. Not what is factual. This was used against the Fugitive Slave Act, and against Alcohol Prohibition. It was not (contrary to what most judges “inform” their juries) to base just on facts in comparison to Law. It is to judge the law itself and consider its wording, fairness, situation, and your opinion on the law itself.

The organization “FIJA” is dedicated to spreading knowledge and informing the public(future jurors) of their rights. There message: “FIJA works to:
• Inform potential jurors of their traditional, legal authority to refuse to enforce unjust laws
• Inform potential jurors that they cannot be required to check their consciences at the courthouse door
• Inform potential jurors that they cannot be punished for their verdicts
• Inform everyone that juror veto—jury nullification—is a peaceful way to protect human rights against corrupt politicians and government tyranny.” Is up on their website and can be found here.

This organization also has ties with the Libertarian Party. Including its founder Larry Dodge who is a former  Chair of the Montana Libertarian party. It was first made up following its discussion at the National Libertarian Party convention in Philadelphia in 1989, where 44 people attended. And Dodge and Don Doig, formed FIJA National.


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