Jury Power Gets a Courtroom Nod in Possible Boost for Nullification
Earlier this month, the authority of the jury received a welcome nod from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. In a case in which the defendant confessed in the courtroom to all of the charges against him, the court ruled that a directed “guilty” verdict was out of line, since the jury still had the right to make its own decision by its own criteria, no matter what the judge thought. For fans of jury nullification, here’s a new endorsement of the power of a jury to bring a “not guilty” verdict for reasons of its own.
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