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Msg # 237   Kill/Sent
Date: 09 Jan 93  16:02:00
From: Dean Nusholtz
  To: All
Subj: FULLY INFORMED JURIES
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                      FULLY INFORMED JURIES

     Most Americans are aware of their right to a trial by jury,
application of the law in the case.  This is because judges tell
allow their opinion of the law in the case being tried to enter
nto their decision.  In so doing, they reduce the defendant's
s because people have feelings, experience and conscience that

     Trial by jury is a fairly recent concept.  A few hundred
years ago in England, William Penn was tried for preaching what
find him guilty, even though he had violated the law.  Because
the jury voted their conscience, they were held without food,
until England's highest court acknowledged the jury's RIGHT to
consider the law AND THEIR CONSCIENCE to arrive at a verdict.

     A short time later, in the American colonies, John Zenger
the Royal Governor of New York Colony.  TRUTH IS NO DEFENSE, the
court told the jury.  To counter this, Zenger's defense attorney,
Andrew Hamilton, told the William Penn story.  The jury voted
their conscience, Zenger was acquitted.

     After that, American colonists regularly depended on juries
to thwart bad law sent over from England.  The British then
American Revolution.

     Afterwards, to protect the rights they'd fought for from
future attack, the Founders of this new nation placed trial by
the Bill of Rights.  Although "bad laws" which trample our rights
are no longer sent here from Britain, our own legislatures keep
us well supplied.  Now, as much as ever, we need juries to

     So what's the purpose of this civics lesson?  Simply to
nform you that when you are asked to serve on a jury, IT IS YOUR
RIGHT AND OBLIGATION to judge the defendant AND THE LAW he is
being tried under.  If you feel the defendant violated the law,
BUT either the law is bad or application of the law would result
n a miscarriage of JUSTICE, you have the RIGHT to find the
attorney who tells you this in a courtroom situation without
court.  So, you need to know this before you take your jury seat.

     There is a grass-roots network of jury-rights activists
known as FIJA, or Fully Informed Jury Association.  If you want
to hear a WELL STATED MESSAGE on this, call 1-800-835-5879 for a

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