Jury Nullification and the Marijuana Laws

Maybe *This* Is The Way The War On Marijuana Ends

by Steve Elliott

A rural Illinois jury has found one of their peers innocent in a marijuana case that would have sent him to prison. Loren Swift (pictured below) was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, and he faced a mandatory minimum of six years behind bars.

http://urlet.com/task.blanked

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Maybe-This-Is-The-Way-Th-by-Steve-Elliott-090201-873.html

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4 Responses to “Jury Nullification and the Marijuana Laws”

  1. Jury nullification was a significant measure used to prevent the remanding of escaped slaves to their previous owners. Since then defense attornies have been prohibited from informing juries that they have this option.

    For this to work the jury pool needs to know about the option and the information is widely suppresed in addition to being prohibited from being mentioned during trials.

    It’s a great idea. Now everyone needs to be informed.

  2. This message was approved by The Noble Lie. As long as we have trial by jury, this is one of liberty’s last lines of defense.

    They try to identify “jury nullifiers” before the case and get them off the jury.

    Quotes from Citizen’s Rule Book:

    “The jury has a right to judge both the law as well as the fact in controversy.”
    John Jay, 1st Chief Justice
    United States supreme Court, 1789

    “The jury has the right to determine both the law and the facts.”
    Samuel Chase, U.S. supreme Court Justice,
    1796, Signer of the unanimous Declaration

    “the jury has the power to bring a verdict in the teeth of both law and fact.”
    Oliver Wendell Holmes,
    U.S. supreme Court Justice, 1902

    “The law itself is on trial quite as much as the cause which is to be decided.”
    Harlan F. Stone, 12th Chief Justice
    U.S. supreme Court, 1941

    “The pages of history shine on instance of the jury’s exercise of its prerogative to disregard instructions of the judge…”
    U.S.vs Dougherty, 473 F 2nd 113, 1139, (1972)

  3. Thanks for linking to my article and helping to spread the word!

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Maybe just perhaps people will now get a better picture of how,and escpecially of late the way Vets are being forced to self treat their own anomolies that have been sadly overlooked for years in an over wrought and sadly mis-funded system. Why do so many Vets go untreated for years some whose final cicumstances end in a not so happy ending as this man’s has.Enough is enough, These men risked their lives for us and still have to fight an all too uphill battle when they come home. Key word being battle.

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