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  •  why would you suggest that (2+ / 0-)
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    expatjourno, geomoo

    what if the person is really guilty?

    •  Depends on the law and case in question (1+ / 0-)
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      geomoo

      Say it's a non-violent drug offense. Say the person would go up for 10 years if found gulity of selling a bunch of pot or something. What do you think about the law that allows him to do major prison time for that? If you think the law is UNJUST, then you vote not-guilty REGARDLESS of the evidence. THAT is what "jury nullification" is all about. If enough people just flat-out refused to convict, then pretty soon the law would cease to have any affect.

      Jury nullification is virtually always about voting not-guilty DESPITE the evidence to the contrary. You use it when the law is unjust, or when following the law would be a great miscarriage of justice in a particular case. And no it's NOT illegal to do so.

      "Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media." -- Noam Chomsky

      by ratmach on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 08:29:43 PM PST

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