Thursday, September 8, 2011
A reminder of our duty to each other at http://fija.org/
Unfortunately, most people are unaware of this fact. Then, every judge on the bench goes to great lengths to lie to the jury, to tell the jurors they have no right to judge the law, and convince most jurors to convict even when the jurors can feel how wrong it is to do so. Interestingly enough, judges nowadays - in the appeals courts and at SCOTUS - feel the need to judge the law themselves, and do. More and more these days they have become social activists, applying their own amoral beliefs to what was legislated in the Constitutional, correct and accepted manner (even when morally wrong, nonetheless).
People, this is important. The jury box is the last, and perhaps the greatest, protection we have from bad government short of reaching for the cartridge box. If more citizens could be informed - and convinced - of the need to protect all of us from being convicted of bad law, the State would grow tired of the embarrassment of being overruled each time by the citizens it seeks to control. Can you see how liberating this could be?
Yes, the State would then seek to limit or outlaw jury nullification, but again, short of completely doing away with habeas corpus and imprisoning people without benefit of trial, that would fail in a jury trial. Only if they sought to "rendition" every one of us, use the Patriot Act to hold large numbers of us without bail or right to representation would we be forced to take steps we would rather refrain from. Only if they resorted to that would it become necessary to take up arms, a thing we all would fervently wish to avoid. Short of that, the serious and frequent application of jury nullification could actually turn this government around, could return us to a rule of law. Law determined by us citizens, not corrupt and venal government employees.
Please think about this. Visit the Fully Informed Jurors Association web site. Then make sure your family and your friends learn about this as well.