Denver, CO — For the first time ever, the topic of jury nullification has become a trending national news story, thanks to the aggression of an overzealous police department.
Jury nullification activists have gathered near a Denver courthouse in recent weeks, hoping to inform jurors and other citizens about nullifying unjust laws.
When they were met with resistance from the police, a federal judge granted an injunction, stating that the activists had the right to hand out jury nullification literature.
However, on Wednesday morning, police defied the judge’s order and removed a tent that the activists placed in front of the courthouse.
For those who don’t know, jury nullification is the right for any juror to not only judge the facts of the case but also to judge the validity of the law itself. If a jury feels that a defendant is facing an unjust charge, they have the right to rule in the defendant’s favor, even if they are technically guilty under the court’s standards.
Federal and individual state governments are terrified about this concept becoming mainstream as it could lead to radical change in regards to victimless ‘crimes’.
Immediately after the police tore down the activist’s encampment, civil rights attorney David Lane filed a motion accusing Denver Police Chief Robert White of contempt of court because his agency violated the federal court order.
According to the paperwork that Lane filed, the police confiscated over 1000 pamphlets, several signs, and other operational gear such as a shade tent, a table, chairs and various other items.
The terms of the original order said that the activists were free to hand out literature, but not trample the grass or set up any permanent structures.
The activists and the police disagreed as to whether or not the shade tent was a permanent structure. Lane says that even if the police did have the right to take the shade tent, which they did not, they still would not have the right to take the literature.
Lane and the jury nullification activists are currently awaiting the judge’s decision on the recent complaint that they filed.
John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter-culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work, he organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.
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