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Sunday, March 30, 2014

"Alaska Bill Would Lead to Jurors Being Informed of Right of Jury Nullification"

From EvidenceProf Blog:

A couple of years ago, New Hampshire became, as far as I know, the first state that allows jurors to be informed of the right of jury nullification: the power of jurors to render a verdict inconsistent with the evidence (e.g., finding a defendant "not guilty" of possessing a small amount of marijuana despite the evidence proving his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt). Now, it looks like Alaska might follow suit.

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If lawmakers were less interested in posing as tough guys and more interested in restraining tyrannical/ambition-driven government officials (cops/agents/prosecutors) such a measure wouldn't be needed...but they aren't so it is.

Posted by: John Kerr | Mar 31, 2014 5:43:03 AM

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