Interesting story in today’s Washington Post about a jury nullification billboard in the subway station below the local courthouse. As usual, prosecutors and judges are scrambling to find out what jurors might know about jury nullification–the prerogative of jurors to vote their conscience.
John Adams, our second president, once said, “It is not only [the juror’s] right, but his duty … to find the verdict according to his own best understanding, judgment, and conscience, though in direct opposition to the direction of the court.” Prosecutors and judges are hostile to such views today.
Cato is just now releasing a handsome new hardcover edition (and e-version) of our book, Jury Nullification: The Evolution of a Doctrine, by Clay Conrad. Whether you want to order and read the book, or not, use social media to spread the word about jury nullification and the right to vote one’s conscience.