Monday, April 23, 2007

“I Don’t Care What the Judge Said!”

Juries in the United States have the power to effectively change law. In this case against a man for his 3rd possession of marijuana, a brave jury member stands up for marijuana users everywhere and convinces the jury to give him a 'not guilty' verdict.

This article describes a little known power of juries called "Jury Nullification". It is a right that isn't told to the jurors by anyone because it puts the power in the hands of the people, not the judges or lawyers. Rights like this need to be invoked more often to change some of the more corrupt laws that we're currently living under. The jury can only effect the one case they're on, but "if a pattern of such verdicts develops, it can have the practical effect of disabling the enforcement of that position on what is the law or how it should be applied."*

*taken from the "Jury Nullification" wikipedia entry.

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