Jury Nullification: The Evolution of a Doctrine

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Carolina Academic Press, 1998 - Law - 311 pages
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Central to the history of trial by jury is the right of jurors to vote "not guilty" if the law is unjust or unjustly applied. When jurors acquit a factually guilty defendant, we say that the jury "nullified" the law. The Founding Fathers believed that juries in criminal trials had a role to play as the "conscience of the community," & relied on juries' "nullifying" to hold the government to the principles of the Constitution. Yet over the last century & a half, this power of jurors has been derided & ignored by American courts, to the point that today few jurors are aware that an important part of their role is, in the words of the Supreme Court, to "prevent oppression by the government."

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User Review  - dono421846 - LibraryThing

Nigh exhaustive treatment (perhaps even too exhaustive, it could be argued). The last chapter offering advice on lawyer's courtroom techniques to obtain a nullification verdict seemed very out of ... Read full review

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Good comprehensive coverage, but preferred the US case law history which I found the most interesting. Skimmed much of the rest. Read full review

Contents

Chapter One Introduction
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United States 283 U S 10th Cir 1990 269
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Chapter Two The Origins of the Doctrine
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