Jury Nullification Passed in New Hampshire!Submitted by Harmonist on Mon, 07/02/2012 - 10:46
Defense attorneys may now inform juries that they may rule on the merits of the law.
[ Reason ] Jury nullification, in which jurors refuse to convict defendants under laws they find objectionable or inappropriately applied, is a favored tactic of many libertarians who, rightly or wrongly perceive individual
liberty as, at best, a minority taste among their neighbors. They like the idea of a tool that can be wielded on the spot to shield people from powerful control freaks without first having to win a popularity contest. But nullification is useful only if people know about. And last week, New Hampshire's governor signed a law requiring the state's judges to permit defense attorneys to inform jurors of their right to nullify the law.
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