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Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by Bend, Jun 7, 2009.
2 good discussions on jury nullification.
Here and here.
Good post and right on. imho.
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.
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.