“It is not only [the juror’s] right, but his duty . . . to find the verdict according to his own best understanding, judgment, and conscience, though in direct opposition to the direction of the court.”
President John Adams (emphasis added).
I recall my counsel telling me back in ’89, when I was facing a drug conspiracy charge, that my only actual hope at trial would be “jury nullification.” Of course, the reality is that the courts forbid informing the jury of their power to decide the law for themselves.
(Interested readers can find a concise article on that conviction HERE.)
Despite the fact that the Founding Fathers unanimously declared that the sovereign power of the State was “We, the People,” corporatist rulers have since made clear who actually runs the nation…and it ain’t the people. more…