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Thursday, February 15, 2018

"Interesting tales of a local grand jury that decided some drug cases were not as criminal as a ham sandwich"

Doug Berman has this post at Sentencing Law & Policy, excerpting an Arizona report. From the excerpt:

They went so far as to decline to indict people even though there was enough evidence to show probable cause, foreman Natman Schaye and others told me. That, in essence, is grand-jury nullification — not carrying out the law because, in the jury’s opinion, it is unjust.  “There were cases where we felt like, maybe there’s probable cause, but this is not something that we believe should result in a felony,” Schaye said.

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Natman Shaye is a friend of mine. He's also one of Arizona's premier death penalty defense lawyers. How he got seated on a Grand Jury, much less ending up as foreperson, is the real mystery!

Posted by: Don Rehkopf | Feb 16, 2018 10:17:36 AM

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