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News (Media Awareness Project) - US WA: PUB LTE: Jury Nullification Needed
Title:US WA: PUB LTE: Jury Nullification Needed
Published On:2012-01-08
Source:Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA)
Fetched On:2012-01-09 06:02:34

If judges continue to deny affirmative defense in medical marijuana
cases in spite of medical marijuana laws, jury nullification is the
only hope for change.

With so many citizens being arrested for marijuana, I feel that it is
time for people to know the meaning of jury nullification. Judges
almost never inform prospective jurors of this option.

Jury nullification is a constitutional doctrine allowing juries to
acquit defendants who are technically guilty but don't deserve
punishment. When a jury disregards the evidence and acquits an
otherwise guilty defendant, it has practiced jury nullification.

If the judge fails to provide the wording of the law or you think the
law is a bad or unconstitutional law or a good law being improperly
applied, or there are other factors that would make you regret a vote
to convict someone, then it is your right and duty as a juror to vote
"not guilty" even if you are the only juror who does so and therefore
hang the jury.

The prisons are being filled with innocent people for a plant that
the citizens voted for in the state of Washington. The courts
continue to ignore the will of the people.

Gloria Cole

Reardan, Wash.
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