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Tom Mullen: Juries Can Nullify Obamacare And The Drug War

By Tom Mullen | Washington Times

TAMPA, December 2, 2012 – For libertarians, the reemergence of ideas like secession and state nullification couldn’t be more welcome. Both are attempts to resist the exercise of arbitrary power, which is power never delegated to the party attempting to exercise it. They should remain the last resort for free people to resist tyranny.

The problem with both remedies is that they provoke confrontation with the federal government. That doesn’t mean they aren’t legitimate tools, but they play into the government’s hands. The government loves war and domination. State nullification and secession give the government the opportunity to employ both.

Using the state government to resist unconstitutional federal laws pits one government against another. Ultimately, it can lead to an armed confrontation between state and federal agents, each attempting to enforce their respective laws. For peaceful freedom lovers, it’s an away game.

Secession brings with it even higher stakes. Although secession is not rebellion, as the seceding state is not attempting to overthrow the existing government, the federal government will say it is. History has taught us that enough people will believe it that the government can justify a war. Like nullification, it’s also an away game.

Jury nullification gives us the home court advantage. There is no enemy that the government can fight its war against. There is no opportunity for violence because none of the government’s edicts are technically violated. Its own rules call for “a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed.”

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CO CD3 Rep...

Scott Tipton revealed that Governor Hickenlooper has requested a meeting with Eric Holder to discuss CO's Ammendment 64...I don't like the sound of that. Hickenlooper did NOT endorse the ammendment.

wolfe's picture

There are usually long lines...

for jurors at most court houses on the days slated for jury trials.

An excellent place to hand out nullification literature. Anyone know of a good source?

If you spent an hour handing out literature and it only resulted in ONE person walking free for a non-violent offense, wouldn't it be worth it? Don't you think their family would think so?

This is an effort that would truly have immediate and long lasting impact.

Anyone up for it? (Must be pretty, easy to understand, well presented brochures).

The Philosophy Of Liberty -

The Fully Informed Jury Association

FIJA has numerous free printable pamphlets.

be very careful on "their" property.

Ever heard of voir dire?

That is the process by where attorneys do their best to eliminate all the intelligent and knowledgeable people from the jury pool so that the jury will be full of plastic easily molded dullards who can be controlled. A prosecutor may ask prospective jurors if they have heard of jury nullification. A positive response will send them down the road. Once this group of simpleton jurors is assembled into a jury, the judge will instruct them to be automatons and only make judgments as to the truthfulness of the facts of the case and to NOT make judgments as to whether or not the law is fair or valid etc.

There goes jury nullification. Poof. Gone.

FIJA: Surviving Voir Dire.

Doing Your Best as a Trial Juror: Surviving Voir Dire
by Clay S. Conrad


Except that no one is under

Except that no one is under oath for voir dire. You are not obliged to provide any information you choose not to. And it only takes one person to acquit in a criminal trial.

So no, voir dire doesn't help them stop nullification. It can help YOU if you don't want to sit on a particular jury.

What I suspect however is that they will put you in tax court if you refuse to have insurance and refuse to pay the penalty. Then you likely won't have a jury at all, and they will scare most people out of demanding a jury trial who could get one.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Good job Tom

Thank you for keeping up the good fight.

With much respect,

Great article. I agree that

Great article. I agree that jury nullification is a better way to go than session. It's less confrontational. We don't need to break up the union to solve this, the states just need to get a back bone.

education drive

Jury nullification should be pushed by all, every youtube clip that is relevant should have a comment left about the topic, as end the fed became popular, Jury nullification is the next education drive. Everybody needs to find out about it and maybe something that poeple try avoid will become exciting and popular as the intention was the citizen always be involved. Make youtube clips, twitter bomb it, lets get Dr Paul to talk about it more.

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Drug war is in fact a war on the people.

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Tom Mullen rocks!
Thanks for posting.

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