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Your thoughts on Jury nullification.

Korashk
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3/10/2014 3:44:03 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 3/8/2014 5:14:12 AM, tahir.imanov wrote:
What do you think about issue Jury nullification?

It's the bee's knees. Best way to be a juror in my opinion. Too bad it'll probably just result in a JNOV.
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Khaos_Mage
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3/10/2014 12:03:52 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 3/10/2014 3:44:03 AM, Korashk wrote:
At 3/8/2014 5:14:12 AM, tahir.imanov wrote:
What do you think about issue Jury nullification?

It's the bee's knees. Best way to be a juror in my opinion. Too bad it'll probably just result in a JNOV.

According to this, http://en.wikipedia.org..., JNOV only applies to civil cases, not criminal, and I have only heard of jury nullification in regards to criminals cases. The jury would nullify the law's effect, which cannot be overturned. However, in a civil case, what law is to nullify? If they don't believe there were damages, or the defendant is at fault, they aren't nullifying anything, they just find in favor of the defendant.
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Ragnar_Rahl
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3/10/2014 11:50:25 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
It's a dumb concept, and should be exploited by all nondumb people stuck in the dumb position of being forced to judge someone under a dumb law in a dumb legal system.
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Skepsikyma
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3/11/2014 12:10:18 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
I have always thought that it's the entire point of having a trial by a jury of your peers as an option. It's a potent check against both an corrupt judiciary and an overreaching legislature. It basically allows the people to 'veto' unjust laws en masse, or unjust applications on a case by case basis. This is one of the few cases in which I'll actually take a populist stand, just because it acts as such a stabilizing feature.
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