U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Maryland Quote

“We recognize, as appellants urge, the undisputed power of the jury to acquit, even if its verdict is contrary to the law as given by the judge, and contrary to the evidence. This is a power that must exist as long as we adhere to the general verdict in criminal cases, for the courts cannot search the minds of the jurors to find the basis upon which they judge. If the jury feels that the law under which the defendant is accused, is unjust, or that exigent circumstances justified the actions of the accused, or for any reason which appeals to their logic of passion, the jury has the power to acquit, and the courts must abide by that decision.”

~ U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Maryland

US vs Moylan, 417 F 2d 1002, 1006 (1969)

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anon, anon
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anon, anon    1/5/11

Sit down and shut up judge, we the people will decide, not a liberal judge.or a kangaroo court

Bob, KW
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Bob, KW    1/5/11

anon, now that you have voiced your opinion. please take your own advise as directed to the judge.

jim k, Austin,Tx

If only juries knew this.

Ronw13, Oregon

WWG1WGA to MAGA to KAG, one can only hope and pray the Senate gets the message, Virtue "dunamis" is needed now more than ever before. GB and SF

Bert J., Rapid City, SD

This makes sense. A Grand Jury cannot be forced to indict for the same reason. If 'The Law' is adhered to as originally written and intended, a unanimous jury has the final say.

jim k, Austin

Jury nullification, the way to stop bad law. No judge will ever mention this to any jury, unfortunately.


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