prerogative to disregard instructions o the judge;or example, acquittals under the ugitive slavelaw.” (473 F. 2d 1113)
And let us never orget that in the Nuremburg trialso Nazi war criminals, the deendants argued thatthey were “only ollowing the law.” The Tribunal’sresponse was, quite correctly, that they each hada personal responsibility to judge the moralityo the law, and should have acted according toconscience!
How can one person make a dierence?
Almost everyday, new attemptsare made to limit jury power, mostly viasubtle changes in the rules o the courtroomprocedure, sometimes by court decisions,legislation, or by the creation o special courtsthat do not allow jury trials or the accused.
Thousands o harmless peopleare in prison simply because their juries weren’tully inormed. U.S. now leads the world inpercent o population behind bars! Newprisons are springing up everywhere, and toomany o them are flling up with people whoseonly “crime” was to displease the government“master”, not to victimize anyone (in otherwords, political prisoners).
Tell others what you knowabout jury veto power!* Beore a jury reaches averdict, each member should consider:
Is this a good law? 2. I so, is the law being justly applied? 3. Was the Bill o Rights honored in the arrest? 4. Will the punishment ft the crime? Is there a local FIJA group?
Probably—most people who receive this leaetget it rom someone on a team o local activists.Local activists may also be working withlawmakers or passage o FIJA legislation; othersmy be participating in radio talk shows or placingads and public service announcements, speakingto other local groups, or otherwise getting theword out.Since 1991, local FIJA groups in 18 states havepersuaded their state governors to proclaimSeptember 5 (the day o Penn’s acquittal) as “JuryRights Day”, oten celebrating it by issuing news
releases and leaeting courthouses—thus usingour First Amendment right to explain how juries canprotect the rest o our rights, simply by acquittingdeendants been charged with breaking a bad law.*Discretion may be the better part o valor: FIJAactivists have been so eective at telling jurorsthe truth about jury veto power that judgesand prosecutors nowadays not only try to keepully inormed citizens o o juries, but also havesometimes charged those who do inorm them withcontempt o court, even with jury tampering. So, i you decide to “be active”, we advise you to observeany court order directed at your leaeting or othereducational activity, and i you are empaneledto serve on a jury, not to distribute jury-powereducational literature to your ellow jurors.
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, and tell FIJA where tosend your ree Jury Power Inormation Package. Itcontains a history o jury veto power and tells whatto do i you’re going to be on a jury (or acing one).It also includes inormation on how you can supportFIJA and a orm or ordering materials. The Fully Inormed Jury Association maintains a useulweb site. It contains additional inormation about jury veto power, about FIJA, lists state coordinatorsand has archived fles o our newsletters.
is www.fja.org.Restore liberty and justice by jury!
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