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By dmg (Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 03:06:55 PM EST) (all tags)
 I was highly amused to read this, and look forward to seeing it happen more frequently, as the general public wake up to who is actually in charge and start doing something about it.


 
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Oh yeah, and while we're on the subject... by dmg (2.00 / 0) #1 Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 03:53:59 PM EST
Why do people cave into pressure and pretend they don't like the weed
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jury duty by dr k (2.00 / 0) #2 Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 08:12:09 PM EST
Last month I had jury duty at the metropolitan courthouse, where they hear traffic cases. I was picked for a DUI case, and the two charges were driving under the influence, and having blood alcohol above the legal level.

When the judge asked if prospective jurors would obey the rules of the court in judging the case, I raised my hand and said I wouldn't convict on the charge, regardless of the law. (Among other things, California's overcrowded prisons have repeatedly been found to be un-Constitutional.) I was dismissed from the jury.

Keep in mind that when you practice jury nullification you are committing an act of judicial terrorism. You are refusing to recognize the established rules, and you are not empowered to change them.

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Is that legal/lawful? by dmg (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Feb 02, 2009 at 11:00:20 AM EST
Something seems wrong about that. I'm surprised they are allowed to ask you that, and even more surprised if you are required to answer.
Perhaps you needed to word your response more carefully. (Or perhaps you just wanted to get out of jury duty?) 

According to Wikipedia (I know...)
"This verdict need not disagree with the instructions by the judge concerning what the law is, but may disagree with an instruction, if given by the judge, that the jury is required to apply the "law" to the defendant if certain facts are found."


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it seems like a fair question by dr k (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Feb 02, 2009 at 02:35:06 PM EST
for the judge to ask: "Are you willing to follow the rules of this court?" If you don't say anything, and then during deliberation tell your colleagues that you plan to nullify the jury, then the judge has some power to remove you from the jury and/or find you in contempt. But taking that course would end up wasting a lot of time, for the nullifier and for everyone else, so why not say something up front?


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