You Don't Act To Preserve Your Freedom (Jury Duty)

[You] and only you possess all the power to keep your freedom, no one else. Only you, you're the master. President Biden, The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Putin, Xi Jinping of China, and all the Presidents and Dictators of the world control 0% of your freedom. You and only you control the most precious item ever given to mankind . . . FREEDOM.
Then why do you fight so hard to get off of Jury Duty, as that is the only place that you can exercise that right? And, every time you do you are giving up some of your freedom.

When to vote, "Not Guilty."
1. If you believe that the law is unconstitutional.
If the law is in violation of any of the 10 Bill of Rights. The law restricts free speech, the right to bear arms, etc. This is probably the easiest of all the reasons.

Several years ago, Morton Grove, IL passed an ordinance that no one in the city could possess a gun. The 2nd Amendment states otherwise, therefore unconstitutional. If you were on the jury where a female, who had a gun because she was afraid of an ex-abusive husband, was being prosecuted for the weapons charge, how would you vote? "Guilty," or "Not Guilty."

"A juror not only has the right to weigh the facts but the law itself." John Jay, The first Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court.
Note: This also pertains to administrative laws and regulations.

"2. If the facts do not match, or you believe that they do not match, the crime charged."
Another way of looking at this section is "misapplication of the law."
A person moved to New Jersey and stayed with his sister until he could find a permanent place. He then moved from his sisters to his place in New Jersey. He was stopped by police who found guns in his car.
They misapplied the moving exception to the law. The prosecutor said that if he had come directly from out of state he would have been OK. What! Can't you move within the state of NJ? He was convicted and given four years in prison. No state law says you have to leave your guns at the old house.
The law may be all right but the facts did not match the crime charged. Ignorance of the jury members cost this man four years in prison.
Note: The saddest part about this case is that the judge was duty-bound to discard the jury's verdict, but he did not. A judge has the power to overturn a "Guilty" verdict but not a "Not Guilty."

3. If the punishment or you believe that the punishment, can or will be much greater than warranted for the action of the accused.

4. Shocks your conscience. "You don't have to leave your conscience at the courthouse door."
Here we're not talking about the crime committed by the accused but the actions of the government in bringing the subject to trial, and other moral dilemmas.
a. Excessive force/police cruelty to elicit a confession.
b. Excessively long interrogation and/or not providing proper food and water. Especially for a young person.
c. Cruel Incarceration. Seven months in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day prior to trial.
d. Convincing a mildly retarded person to commit a crime, he believing he's helping the police, then arrested and prosecuted.
e. Religious beliefs. Religious organization employees are subject to arrest for not following a law or regulation which is against their beliefs.

In a nutshell, it would be any willful and wanton conduct against due process and fundamental fairness that would shock your conscience.

Definition of Conscience. (Shortened version).
The moral sense: the faculty of judging the moral qualities of actions, or of discriminating between right and wrong; particularly applied to one’s perception and judgment of the moral qualities of his own conduct, ...
"You don't have to leave your conscience at the courthouse door."

As told to the jury; John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. "You have a right to take upon yourselves to judge [both the facts and law]."

If you vote your conscience you'll never lose a night's sleep over your decision. (The author)

5. Another area seldom mentioned is if you believe that the witness for the prosecution is lying. A lawyer, whether the prosecutor or the defense attorney, is legally bound to never put on a witness that he believes may lie. If he does and is found out then he may be disbarred.


"You have the power but do you have the moral right?"

You cannot just make your vote based on nothing or a pet peeve. In the preceding entries, you learned many reasons why you should vote Not Guilty, e.g., nullify the jury. But let's analyze some examples.

During slavery, abolitionists would help run-away slaves which was against the law. Northern juries would not convict as they felt that slavery was immoral and evil. They had the power, and they believed they also had the moral right.
For years juries in the South would not convict a white man charged with assaulting or killing a black man. Again they had the power, but did they have the moral right.

When none of the standards are present for nullification then your vote most probably should be Guilty.

The Criminal Justice system doesn't like hung juries. It causes dropping the charges or a new trial, which is costly. When a jury cannot reach a verdict, the judge will usually call the jury back into the courtroom, and read the "Chip Smith Charge." (Chip Smith is the name of a CT case). Which in a nutshell says that you might consider the opinions of others who have equal intelligence and heard the same evidence. But the opinion must be yours and yours alone. You should listen to the charge by the judge and seriously consider it. If you feel the same, after careful deliberation, then your vote should still be "Not Guilty."

Author's Note: I hope and pray that all good citizens will stop trying to avoid jury duty. Then, and only then will we be able to preserve our freedoms by nullifying unconstitutional and unjust laws and regulations.

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