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"The purpose of a jury is to guard against the exercise of arbitrary power -- to make available the commonsense judgment of the community as a hedge against the over-zealous or mistaken prosecutor and in preference to the professional or perhaps overconditioned or biased response of a judge."
-- Justice Byron White, Taylor v. Louisiana, 419 US 522, 530 (1975)


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An Essay on the Trial by Jury
by Lysander Spooner – 1852

24mar13Ancient History and Modern Constitutional Powers of American Sheriffs – Part 1
Kelly O'Connell
Can America’s sheriffs save our Constitution and our precious liberties? The exhaustive history of the sheriff has yet to be written, but much is known of the rise of these county leaders, once called shire reeves, in old England...Today, they are the last bastion of popular representation in law enforcement.
24apr09 Jury Nullification – Your Awesome Power
Alan Stang
Consider that the law is always on trial... All you need do is vote for acquittal. They won’t ask you why. If they do, furious, or just frustrated by your monkey wrench vote, you will not say you did it to nullify the law.
20aug08 The Lawyers' Party
Bruce Walker
Today, we are drowning in laws, we are contorted by judicial decisions, we are driven to distraction by omnipresent lawyers in all parts of our once private lives.  America has a place for laws and lawyers, but that place is modest and reasonable, not vast and unchecked.
23jul03 Jefferson On Judges
Kim Weissman
"…the opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves in their own sphere of action but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make the Judiciary a despotic branch" —Thomas Jefferson
 
8jun03 Schumerism
Brian C. Anderson
The New York senator’s view that there’s no difference between law and politics is at the heart of the judicial crisis. Extremist and utterly contrary to the spirit of the Constitution, Schumerism promises to wreak incalculable damage to our political fabric as the battle for control of the nation’s courts widens.
 
4jun03 The Legal System Is Now Our Enemy
Dennis Prager
I have come to fear almost everything having to do with law. Though there are many fine people in the legal profession, and though law is necessary to protect society from descending into chaos, I now fear the legal profession more than I do Islamic terror.
 
18dec02 That Ten Commandments Case
Michael Novak
Calling the attention of the public to the Judeo-Christian conception of God's sovereignty, which grounds the principle of religious liberty, is not necessarily the same as 'establishing' the Jewish or Christian religions.
6nov02 Accursed Deodands!
Bob Wallace
The concept of the deodand partly explains the destruction of the World Trade Center. Bring down these "evil objects," get some revenge, and then people in foreign countries dance in the streets to express their glee and satisfaction.
26sep02 Litigation: The death of democracy
Malcolm Wallop
With the assistance and backing of trial lawyers, small and extreme groups are finding it increasingly easy to bypass and subvert the democratic process and impose their agenda on the rest of society by abusing litigation and manipulating the courts.
7aug01 ABA's Liberal Bias Exposed in Study
"Controlling for credentials, Clinton nominees have more than 10 times better odds of getting a unanimous well-qualified rating than similarly credentialed Bush appointees. Just being nominated by Clinton instead of Bush is a stronger positive variable than any other credential or than all other credentials put together."
27apr01 Constitutional Propaganda
No law allows the government to appeal or overturn a jury acquittal, nor for any juror to be questioned by authorities, or charged or punished in any way for voting to acquit.
27apr01 So Sue Them, Sue Them
When governments use the judiciary to recover "damages," the courts intrude on the regulatory and revenue responsibilities of legislatures.
25mar01 Are you shirking your duty
to help keep America free?
Be wary of any attempt to propagandize concepts and words which the founders considered vital to instruct us about our freedoms and the tools necessary to preserve them, turning them into 'hate speech' terms of scorn and derision.
21nov00 Destroying the Rule of Law
Most Americans, in their ignorance and laziness, have become indifferent to the rule of law. If such indifference continues the tyranny and criminality of the Clinton years will pale in comparison to the destruction of freedom that is yet to come.
29apr00 Class Action Suits
It's a shame the courts haven't policed this, themselves.
1apr00 Death Sentence 1881
The snows of winter will flee away, the ice will vanish, and the annual miracle of the years will awaken and come to pass, but you won't be there.
2mar00 Juries, America's Historic Barrier Against Oppressive Laws And Government Tyranny
Senator Wayne Stump
27jan00 When Judges Overreach
More and more citizens are becoming aware of the doctrine
of jury nullification
3sep99 The Ominous Growth of Paramilitarism
in American Police Departments
State and local police departments are increasingly accepting the military as a model for their behavior and outlook. The sharing of training and technology is producing a shared mindset.
2mar00 Jurors' Handbook - A Citizens Guide to Jury Duty
Did you know that you qualify for another, much more powerful vote than the one which you cast on election day? This opportunity comes when you are selected for jury duty, a position of honor for over 700 years.
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Citizen's Rule Book – The Jury Handbook
Your vote of NOT GUILTY must be respected by all other members of the JURY - it is the RIGHT and the DUTY of a JUROR to Never, Never, NEVER yield his or her sacred vote - for you are not there as a fool, merely to agree with the majority, but as an officer of the court and a qualified judge in your own right.
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"It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice,
if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood;
if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes
that no man who knows that the law is today, can guess what it will be tomorrow.
Law is defined to be a rule of action;
but how can that be a rule, which is little known, and less fixed?"
— James Madison, Federalist #62

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