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"The ballot box, the jury box or the cartridge box."

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by Bend, Jun 7, 2009.

  1. Bend

    Bend Central OR Member

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    2 good discussions on jury nullification.

    Here and here.

    Edjumakate yourself. ;)
     
  2. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    Good post and right on. imho.
     
  3. capdek

    capdek Oregon Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    An acquaintance from work told me once about a case where a jury refused to convict a person who was charged with tax evasion. The argument put forward by the defense was that there was no explicit law requiring people to pay taxes - and the jury agreed.
    This would appear to be a bona fide example of jury nullification. However, it is almost assuredly the exception rather than the rule, in that most jurors will follow the instructions of the judge - regardless of whether or not those instructions pass constitutional muster.
     
  4. Bend

    Bend Central OR Member

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    As I said in both of the above threads-

    The goals of a jury (short form):

    From the judge:

    - Determine the facts of the case from the trial.

    - Determine if the law was broken.

    From the People they represent:

    - Determine if the law is agreeable to their conscience.