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Jury Nullification HB 1347 in New Hampshire

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:

ANALYSIS
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.

TEXT
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

http://fija.org/

Quotes on Jury Authority and Jury Nullification
http://fija.org/download/7/

Surviving Voir Dire ~ How to Get on The Jury
http://fija.org/download/40/

Jury Protection for Second Amendment
http://fija.org/download/34/

Who Owns Your Body?
http://fija.org/download/33/

Q & A Primer
http://fija.org/download/37/

They actually have a Ron Paul DVD titled “At Issue: Jury Power”
http://fija.org/media-catalog/broc-pubs/



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I like it and yet don't at the same time

If the legislation fails, it will further empower the courts to disregard the facts concerning jury nullification.

I would assume that the Defense could bring jury nullification to light, as part of their defense.

I don't know that for certain.

From my understanding, Maryland and Indiana include Jury Nullification in their Constitution.

That's pretty cool.

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This is a big, big deal!

I love it!

I love jury nullification.

I love jury nullification. 7th Amendment, Hoot Hoot.

And Here Are The People Responsible For This: FIJA...

(you could add these links to your post john2k because it will get lost in the comments and this is some of the most amazing legal knowledge there is)

The Fully Informed Jury Association

http://fija.org/

Quotes on Jury Authority and Jury Nullification
http://fija.org/download/7/

Surviving Voir Dire ~ How to Get on The Jury
http://fija.org/download/40/

Jury Protection for Second Amendment
http://fija.org/download/34/

Who Owns Your Body?
http://fija.org/download/33/

Q & A Primer
http://fija.org/download/37/

They actually have a Ron Paul DVD titled “At Issue: Jury Power”
http://fija.org/media-catalog/broc-pubs/

Two thumbs up for this post john2k!!!

Thanks for posting this.

Thanks for posting this. I've added this info to my first post.

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Agree

Thomas.

Ok let me get this straight

the judge gets up tells everyone (and makes a real big show about it) that they (the judges)are under the authority of the constitution. Then when you ask about the law they the judges threaten to throw you in jail breaking the constitution (sixth amendment)that they said they was under.

Furthermore they regularly break four and five laws to enforce a law (drug, traffic,etc)

Finally it is well known that judges jury tamper all the time.

the solution, is to get rid of these judges, and district attorneys that are so corrupt.

Not the Judge

it would be the Lawyer to inform the Jury without the Judge slamming the gavel red faced yelling contempt.

hope your right

But I still dont think the judges will allow it.And I dont think the state defense attorneys will use it.

We need to

add this to our Republican platform at the State Conventions, Delegate deadline in Indiana is Feb.19 Sign up!

If the Judges

won't do it lets give it to the Lawers.