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Nobody knows what the hell it says,
because no one has the balls to pull the cord.
From the article:
"proposed to create a crisis in the current welfare system – by exploiting the
gap between welfare law and practice – that would ultimately bring about its
collapse and replace it with a system of guaranteed annual income. They
hoped to accomplish this end by informing the poor of their rights to welfare
assistance, encouraging them to apply for benefits and, in effect,
overloading an already overburdened bureaucracy."
|For Those of You of You Who are in Denial or Think I'm Full of Shit.
The option available to ordinary citizens against unconstitutional and overly oppressive laws
From Natural News
NaturalNews) Jury nullification, a legal concept that dates back to 17th century England, remains perfectly lawful in the United States,
according to a ruling by a federal judge last month.
U.S. District Court Judge Kimba Wood said 80-year-old Julian Heicklin, who was arrested by FBI agents for passing out pamphlets
marked "Jury Info" from an organization known as the Fully Informed Jury Association to an undercover agent, was within his legal
rights under law to do so. Prosecutors had argued that Heicklin was in violation of U.S. law, which prohibits influencing jurors through
"Heicklen advocates passionately for the right of jurors to determine the law as well as the facts," Wood wrote. "The pamphlets state
that a juror has not just the responsibility to determine the facts of a case before her on the basis of the evidence presented, but also
the power to determine the law according to her conscience."
Jury nullification is a constitutional doctrine which allows juries to acquit criminal defendants who are technically guilty, but who do not
deserve punishment. It occurs in a trial when a jury reaches a verdict contrary to the judge's instructions as to the law
From the Constitutional Party of Idaho
Jury Nullification Officially Recognized in New Hampshire
There is nothing novel about the principle and practice of jury nullification, which dictates that citizen juries have the right and authority
to rule both on the facts of a case, and the validity of a given law. This is widely recognized in judicial precedents in both American
history and in Anglo-Saxon common law dating back to the Magna Carta (or earlier). At the time of the American founding it was well
and widely understood that the power of citizen juries - both grand and petit - was plenary, and that their chief function was to force
the government to prove its case against a defendant - and the validity of the law in question…
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|From International Society for Individual Liberty
A HISTORY OF JURY NULLIFICATION
"If a juror accepts as the law that which the judge states, then that juror has accepted the exercise of absolute authority of a
government employee and has surrendered a power and right that once was the citizen's safeguard of liberty."
(1788) (2 Elliots Debates, 94, Bancroft, History of the Constitution, 267)
"I consider trial by jury as the only anchor yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of
its constitution." Thomas Jefferson
If anyone wants to do their own research on jury nullification I wholeheartedly support your efforts.
Here's the opinion I have formed after researching this topic;
If at anytime I am required to serve on a jury I will weigh the evidence in the case,
then I will consider whether or not the law under which the accused has been charged and tried violated any of the Bill
If I find that the law under which the accused is charged with has violated any of the following rights, then it will be
required of me to vote not guilty.
Amendment 1 - Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the
freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of
Amendment 2 - Right to Bear Arms
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be
Amendment 3 - Quartering of Soldiers
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to
be prescribed by law.
Amendment 4 - Search and Seizure
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall
not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing
the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Amendment 5 - Trial and Punishment, Compensation for Takings
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury,
except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall
any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to
be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be
taken for public use, without just compensation.
Amendment 6 - Right to Speedy Trial, Confrontation of Witnesses
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district
wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the
nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining
witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
Amendment 7 - Trial by Jury in Civil Cases
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no
fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Amendment 8 - Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
Amendment 9 - Construction of Constitution
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Amendment 10 - Powers of the States and People
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States
respectively, or to the people.
Friends and Neighbors, these are YOUR BILL OF RIGHTS!!!!!!!!!
In my opinion when sitting on a jury It is your right to determine if a law is constitutional or not. If you conclude that it is
not constitutional, not only is it your right to vote not guilty, it is your duty as an American Citizen.