By John Vibes
A man in North Carolina is asking for jury nullification after calling the police on himself in protest of the state’s drug laws
NORTH CAROLINA (INTELLIHUB) — A disabled veteran in North Carolina called the police on himself for growing cannabis in his back yard, as a form of protest against the state’s drug laws.
Robert Dorr of Union City, North Carolina is awaiting a court date of April 8th, after he was arrested and released on bail for “drug manufacturing”. He has also made a plea on local television for jury nullification.
With few options left for people to protect themselves from the ever growing police state, an old and long forgotten aspect of constitutional law is making a huge comeback, and becoming very popular in cases where people are facing jail time for nonviolent offenses.
This reemerging defense is the act of jury nullification, which is basically the right for any juror to not only judge the facts of the case, but to also actually judge the validity of the law itself. This means that if a jury feels that a defendant is facing an unjust charge they actually have the right to rule in their favor even if they are technically guilty.
“Mr. Dorr is a very braved disabled veteran who had decided instead of hiding in the corner and use cannabis and feel like a criminal to let people know this is medicine,” said Perry Parks.
Parks is a retired army veteran and a member of the North Carolina Cannabis Patients Network, NCCPN.
“I use everyday. I did this morning, going to do it this afternoon, going to do it this evening,” said Parks.
“We hope for jury nullification,” said Parks, “Jury nullification has happened a lot across the country. It’s when the jury looks at the facts of the law and says yes he violates the facts of the law but he’s not a criminal and we refuse to prosecute him.”
Robert Dorr is due to appear in court on April 8th.