By John Vibes | Free Thought Project
Jury Rights activists in the Philadelphia area recently encountered resistance in front of a local courthouse, when they were attempting to educate their neighbors about jury nullification.
Among the activists was James Babb, an organizer behind the recent push to install jury nullification billboards in cities throughout the US.
For those who don’t know, jury nullification 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 the defendant’s favor, even if they are technically guilty under the court’s standards.
People charged with victimless crimes, for example, could be set free, and the laws could be expeditiously changed. If a pattern of acquittals develops in response to repeated attempts to prosecute a statutory offence, this can have the de facto effect of invalidating the statute.
The federal government, and individual state governments are terrified about this concept becoming more mainstream.