Jury Nullification HB 1347 in New HampshireSubmitted by john2k on Sat, 01/23/2010 - 15:20
I just learned about this today, in New Hampshire earlier this month there was a Bill being considered, HB 1347, which would basically require the courts to inform members of the jury regarding their right to jury nullification. I don't know if the Bill was passed, but would be a great success for the liberty movement if it did/does pass.
Some additional details:
This bill states that in all criminal proceedings the court shall instruct the jury of its inherent right to judge the law as well as the facts and to nullify any and all actions they find to be unjust. The court is also mandated to permit the defendant or counsel for the defendant to explain this right of jury nullification to the jury.
AN ACT relative to the right of jury nullification.
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
1 Findings and Intent of the General Court. Under the decisions of both the New Hampshire supreme court and the United States Supreme Court, the jury has an undeniable right to judge both the law and the facts in controversy. The jury system functions at its best when it is fully informed of the jury’s prerogatives. The general court wishes to perpetuate and reiterate the rights of the jury, as ordained under common law and recognized in the American jurisprudence, while preserving the rights of a criminal defendant, as enumerated in part 1, articles 15 and 20, New Hampshire Bill of Rights, and the Seventh Amendment of the Constitution for the United States of America.
2 New Section; Right of Accused; Jury Instruction. Amend RSA 519 by inserting after section 23 the following new section:
519:23-a Right of Accused. In all court proceedings the court shall instruct the jury of its inherent right to judge the law as well as the facts and to nullify any and all actions they find to be unjust. The court is mandated to permit the defendant or counsel for the defendant to explain this right of jury nullification to the jury.
3 Effective Date. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
That quote was found at http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2010/HB1347.html
I learned about NH's HB 1347 via the RidleyReport video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iv474YhUK0M
Here are additional links for further review provided by DP member Thomas:
The Fully Informed Jury Association
Quotes on Jury Authority and Jury Nullification
Surviving Voir Dire ~ How to Get on The Jury
Jury Protection for Second Amendment
Who Owns Your Body?
Q & A Primer
They actually have a Ron Paul DVD titled “At Issue: Jury Power”