August 06, 2015
Nullify This, Sucker!

Good thing for this wise-ass son of a bitch he wasn’t handing out copies of the First Amendment. (h/t to Undernews.)

The Denver Post reported that 56-year-old Mark Iannicelli set up a small booth with a sign reading “Juror Info” outside the Lindsay-Flanigan Courthouse in Denver last week. The Denver District Attorney’s Office charged Iannicelli with seven counts of jury tampering after members of the jury pool were found to be in possession of fliers describing jury nullification.

Jury nullification allows juries to acquit a defendant who they may believe is guilty if they also believe that the law is unjust. The practice has been used by juries in the United States since the 1800s to nullify anti-free speech laws and laws punishing northerners for helping runaway slaves. It has most recently been used in drug cases when juries have viewed laws as discriminatory.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at August 06, 2015 01:16 PM
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Judges often ask if you would be willing to follow their advisory on the law despite your own feelings. I always say, No. If a poor man stole a loaf of bread for his children I'm not sending him to jail.

Getting off the jury is not my point, but it's amazing how few juries I do get on.

Posted by: John Shannon on August 6, 2015 1:53 PM

If your point is to keep the poor man out of jail, you'd be better off saying yes.

Posted by: Aitch Jay on August 6, 2015 2:29 PM
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