November 08, 2013

Jury Nullification

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More wrong information in this editorial, but I'm glad that it does argue for jury nullification. Note that in the case of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, juries did not protect slaves by refusing to convict them. The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 outright denied alleged fugitives the right to trial by jury, so that simply was not possible. How juries actually nullified the Fugitive Slave Act was refusing to convict defendants prosecuted for aiding fugitive slaves.