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Jury Nullification

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2012 talk at the BIL Conference about Jury Nullification.

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Jury Nullification

  1. 1. JURY/dev/null by Kai Chang 張敦楷
  2. 2. “Land of the Free”
  3. 3. A Serious Problem
  4. 4. The United States has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world. The U.S. incarceration rate on December 31, 2008 was 754inmates per 100,000 U.S. residents. The USA also has the highest total documented prison and jail population in the world. - New York TimesAccording to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS): "In 2008, over 7.3 million people were on probation, in jail or prison, or on parole at year- end — 3.2% of all U.S. adult residents or 1 in every 31 adults."
  5. 5. 1. USA: 2.3 Million2. China: 1.6 Million
  6. 6. 1 in 31 Adults
  7. 7. 1 in 9 Black Men (Age 20 to 34)
  8. 8. DWB
  9. 9. DWB“Driving While Black”
  10. 10. Peter Watts
  11. 11. Canadian science fiction author is accused by Michigan border guards, while hes on the way back to Canada, of having assaulted them. In court, it cameout that although the guards struck Watts several times, Watts never raised a hand against the guards. However, he was still found guilty because the law places "failure to comply with a lawful command" -- in this case, a guards ordering him to lie down -- as "obstructing a federal officer," and "obstruction", by the wording of the law, is considered to be as much of a crime as assault is. Yes, Americans, Michigan just convicted a man for not lying down and groveling fast enough. The jury, at one point during deliberation, sent a question to the court: "Is failure to comply sufficient for conviction?" It doesnt get a lot clearer than that. And one thing thats especially clear to me is that this is a jury that had no idea what jury nullification is.
  12. 12. Prison-Industrial Complex
  13. 13. So What is Jury Nullification?
  14. 14. You Have Rights TheProsecutors & Judges Don’t want you to know about.
  15. 15. In the state of California, Defense Attorneys are FORBIDDEN to inform jurors thepunishment awaits an accused defendant if he or she is convicted of the charges.
  16. 16. What’s being done right now?
  17. 17. Fully Informed Jury Association http://fija.org/
  18. 18. Law Nerds
  19. 19. Graphic Novel/Manga
  20. 20. Instructional PDFs toexplain a juror’s power to the 100 IQ crowd
  21. 21. PDFs to print out and passalong to other jurors, informing them of their rights
  22. 22. Cost to Incarcerate aCalifornia prisoner: US$47,102
  23. 23. Be a part of the solution.
  24. 24. @kaichangwww.juryangel.org

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