New Hampshire (the Freedom State, no seat belt law for adults, with a lower fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles than seat-belt Iowa does) now has a jury rights law, which allows the defense to tell the jury they have the constitutional right to put the law and charges on trial as well as the defendant. Jurors don’t have to convict anyone of anything if they believe it’s an improper law even though they know the defendant is guilty of some nanny or possession law.
Jurors have always had that right but they’re ignorant of it and are led to believe they must feed the defendant to the lions to satisfy some overzealous prosecution program. Prosecutors shudder at the thought of a jury that knows its full constitutional rights. They want intimidated puppets. For more information: www.fija.org.
Nowadays, some non-violent people are in prison only because they possessed something the power-hungry zealots don’t want them to have even though they didn’t and didn’t intend to harm anyone or anything else. There are officials who know how to cleverly neuter the Constitution or make it mean the opposite of what it says. Jurors should disregard such.
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