Friday, September 12, 2008

Jury Rights Day

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Jury Rights Day

Governors from Alaska, Washington and New Hampshire sign Proclamations commemorating Jury Rights Day. Other governors across the nation have signed such Proclamations in other years.

Friday marks the 338th anniversary of when jurors refused to convict William Penn of violating England's Conventicle Acts, despite clear evidence that he acted illegally by preaching a Quaker sermon. In refusing to convict Penn, the jurors ignored what they knew to be an unjust law. This is known as jury nullification.

By refusing to enforce what they knew was an unjust law, the Penn jurors served justice, and provided a basis for our First Amendment rights to freedom of speech, religion, and peaceable assembly. For refusing to find Penn guilty, the judge sent four of Penn's jurors to prison. Their exoneration fixed forever the English and American doctrine that jurors have the responsibility to decide both matters of law and fact in any case before them. Individual jurors are the last line of defense for people who are prosecuted under bad laws by overzealous prosecutors and court officials.

The Founders intended that jurors would use their rights and responsibilities to judge the law and the facts in every trial, and do justice. The Sixth and Seventh Amendments were included in the Bill of Rights to guarantee that every person brought to trial has Juror Protection.

Juror nullification is integral to our judicial system. It is one of the "checks and balances" of justice required by a free society. An individual juror has the authority to stop an unjust prosecution by refusing to convict. No reason for the verdict is required. Most Grand and Petit Jurors do not know about their authority. Knowledge of this authority must be restored to protect us.

Our Founders embraced juror nullification as necessary to a free society. Nullification is the test that all laws must pass. Juror nullification has been used by jurors throughout our history to "nullify" unpopular and unjust laws, including laws against witches, publishing the truth, free speech, religion, hiding slaves, and Prohibition.

The Fully Informed Jury Association (www.fija.org) is dedicated to educating all Americans about the authority of the Juror. FIJA publishes and distributes educational material but depends upon grassroots activists to inform jurors of their rights and to undertake state-level lobbying or ballot-issue efforts. A proclamation for Jury Rights Day was signed today by Governor Sarah Palin, candidate for Vice President of the United States.

FIJA Activist Frank Turney with Governor Sarah Palin (PDF)


Posted by: Ilo
Posted on: 2008-09-05 08:03:40

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't a jury convict you Steve? Just checking

Friday, September 12, 2008 1:32:00 PM  
Blogger The Stark Raving Viking said...

Yes, a jury convicted me.

A prosecutor, Keith Courier, who told me he'd prosecute me if I evicted a prostitute, Lana Thompson who went to see him in high heals, a short dress, with her large breast busting out prominently displayed.

Courier denied me AR, Accelerated Rehabilitation, a program for first offenders, a program I was entitled to with no record, for having resisted being mugged on my own property.

A VHS tape that was shown to juries at that time was later thrown out by Judge Jonathan Kaplan for being unfair. It taught nothing about reasonable doubt or finding a defendant innocent, just in finding the defendant guilty.

I had tried to have Judge Jonathan Kaplan removed as judge in CIVIL matters for two years or more before he told me I was guilty and going to PRISON before my CRIMINAL trial even began.

Attorney Michael H. Agranoff let a worker for police be on the jury against my wishes for him to become jury foreman. I was having a beef with local and state of police over lack of protection and service before their police informant attacked me on my property. Agranoff tried to dismiss or not call any witness to my being attacked on my own property and my having to fight back. Agranoff didn't produce a legal file or any proof of why he charged $17,000 to try probably the easiest case ever. If someone reads my trial transcripts, Agranoff should be listed as a complete dishonest, lying, fuck up.

It you are Attorney Michael H. Agranoff, commenting, why don't you [click here] check out video and then click just below the video? If you are Michael H. Agranoff the "DCF Specialist" why don't you comment there or under a video I just made [here]?

Or, if you're not, you'll still have a more complete answer to your question.

Friday, September 12, 2008 7:25:00 PM  

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