A New Perspective on Jury Duty
We the people have the power.
I’ve been called for jury duty numerous times over the years. Most times I didn’t actually have to sit on a case, but I have a few times. Quite honestly, I really hated being called because I am very busy and just don’t have time.
But then I learned more about the process, and I learned that trial by jury is something that is a Constitutional Right. More than this, I learned about Jury Nullification.
Here’s a good explanation (source)…
In the great majority of cases, the jurors apply the rules to the evidence as instructed by the judge. Sometimes they ask for clarifications when the instructions aren’t specific enough. But suppose one or more jurors disagree with the instructions? Jurors who disagree with the law they’re supposed to apply to the facts can prevent the jury from reaching a verdict, or (when all jurors adopt this stance) can end up with a verdict that they would not have reached otherwise. These results are known as “jury nullification,” which means that one or more members of the jury has ignored, or nullified, the law as instructed by the judge.
... the jury is the conscience of society, and their job is not only to decide whether the defendant did the acts charged, but whether he should be condemned and punished for it. The jury protects us from immoral or socially undesirable results.
This is a good podcast that explains it further.
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