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  • Lysander Spooner: The Forgotten History of the Man Who Started the First Private Post Office

    09/21/2020 10:14:30 AM PDT · by ammodotcom
    Ammo.com ^ | 9/21/2020 | Sam Jacobs
    Lysander Spooner is an important – and not exactly obscure – figure in the history of the liberty movement. He’s an idiosyncratic figure from the 19th century with no small cheerleading section in the 21st century. A bit of a throwback to a very different time, Spooner was a champion of the labor movement and was even a member of the First International at a time when socialists and anarchists coexisted peacefully within that movement. Perhaps one of the most interesting things about Spooner is that he ran a private company in direct competition with the United States Post Office....
  • 17-Year-old Suspect Charged With Murder After Two Killed at Kenosha Protest (Kyle Rittenhouse)

    08/26/2020 10:28:22 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 555 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 08/26/2020 | Pilar Melendez
    Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old suspected of fatally shooting at least two people and injuring another during protests in Kenosha over the shooting of Jacob Blake, has been arrested, according to local media reports. Rittenhouse, 17, was arrested in Illinois and has been reportedly charged with first-degree intentional homicide.
  • Roger Stone Juror Outs Himself as Hard Core Leftist After Trial and Before Sentencing, Proves Poiso

    11/24/2019 6:37:14 PM PST · by bitt · 35 replies
    GATEWAY PUNDIT ^ | 11/24/2019 | Jacob Engels
    The left-wing juror gave large amounts to Beto O’Rourke and Jill Stein, spent years working under liberal donor Bill Gates at Microsoft. Seth Cousins, juror number 3 in Roger Stone’s recent trial, just couldn’t resist the limelight. In an op-ed published by the Washington Post, Cousins claimed that the jury, who handed down a guilty verdict on all counts against Stone, acted independently and with no bias towards Mr. Stone for his previous political activities or the fact that he is one of President Trump’s most ardent defenders and longtime friends. Reading Mr. Cousins op-ed is like reading a summation...
  • This Vet Imprisoned for Digging Ponds on His Land Died. Now His Widow Continues the Fight.

    05/19/2019 5:05:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 62 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | May 19, 2019 | Kevin Mooney
    The name of a Navy veteran may be cleared after he was convicted, fined, and imprisoned for digging ponds in a wooded area near his Montana home, to supply water in case of fire. The Supreme Court has vacated a lower court ruling against Joe Robertson, who was sent to federal prison and ordered to pay $130,000 in restitution through deductions from his Social Security checks. Any definitive legal victory for Robertson would be posthumous, since he died March 18 at age 80. But his lawyers describe the Supreme Court’s action as a “big win” for Robertson’s widow, Carrie, who...
  • Man grows pot. Admits it. Jury sends him home.

    07/27/2018 10:52:36 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 23 replies
    AJC ^ | 07/27/18 | Bill Torpy
    (Javonnie McCoy and Atlanta attorney Catherine Bernard after his acquittal) Javonnie McCoy was growing marijuana when the cops came to his Middle Georgia home. He was caught red-handed with it. Almost a pound of it, in fact. He admitted it to police, and later he looked jurors in the eye and said, yep, it was mine. I used it as medicine. The jurors let him go. He was minding his own business and wasn’t hurting anybody, they reasoned. He just doesn’t belong in prison. The jury’s decision earlier this month in Dublin, Ga., may have been due to a...
  • Child Rapist Sentenced To No Jail, So Victim's Boyfriend Takes Him Out

    12/17/2017 3:33:46 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 69 replies
    BlueLivesMatter ^ | 17 December 2017 | HollyMatkin
    Brittany Monk's rapist received just 5 years of probation for repeatedly sexually assaulting her when she was a child. Baton Rouge, LA – A Louisiana man said he is “not sorry” that he murdered a man who raped his girlfriend when she was a child, because he believed that the justice system “failed” her. Jace Crehan, 23, admitted to having stabbed and strangled Robert Noce Jr., 47, less than two weeks after Noce was convicted for sexually assaulting Crehan’s girlfriend, 20-year-old Brittany Monk, the New York Daily News reported. A jury found Crehan guilty of the July 4, 2015 second-degree...
  • 2 Cosby Holdouts Prevented Guilty Verdict, Juror says

    06/21/2017 7:03:31 PM PDT · by JosephW · 39 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 21, 2017 | Chris Francescani
    In an exclusive interview with ABC News, a juror in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case said that after dozens of hours of grueling deliberations in a tiny room, 10 of the 12 jurors agreed he was guilty on two counts. On a third count, only one of the jurors believed he was guilty. The final, intractable votes on the first of the three counts was 10 to two to find Cosby guilty of digitally penetrating accuser Andrea Constand without her consent, the juror said. On the second count, that she was unconscious or unaware during the incident, the juror...
  • Black lawyer: Free anyone charged with murdering whites

    12/08/2016 6:10:55 PM PST · by kevcol · 74 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 8, 2016 | Paul Bedard
    In a new wrinkle in the "black lives matter" movement, an editor of a top-rated legal website is calling on blacks to scare whites by automatically acquitting African-Americans accused of murdering or raping whites, no matter what the facts. On Above The Law, African-American editor Elie Mystal called for "jury nullification" by blacks when on juries in trials that focus on white victims. "Jury nullification would get white people's attention. Remember how pissed-off white people were about O.J.? And that was just one dude. White people would notice if black jurors simply refused to play along," he wrote.
  • Bundy brothers, 5 other Malheur wildlife refuge occupiers not guilty

    10/27/2016 4:31:45 PM PDT · by AC Beach Patrol · 76 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 10/27/2016 | Russia Today
    Seven people involved in the anti-federal government occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge have been found not guilty of conspiring to impede federal workers from doing their jobs, including Ammon and Ryan Bundy. A jury found all seven remaining occupiers not-guilty of all charges except for one charge that has yet to be disclosed, KBOI reported.
  • Oregon standoff: All defendants found not guilty

    10/27/2016 4:33:58 PM PDT · by Jack Black · 152 replies
    Oregon Live (The Portland Oregonian) ^ | 10/27/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    Update at 4:10 p.m.: All defendants found not guilty.
  • UNBELIEVABLE Update - Oregon "Bundy Militia" Standoff - The Federal Prosecutor...

    01/04/2016 3:52:15 PM PST · by combat_boots · 199 replies
    CTH ^ | January 4, 2016 | by sundance
    The media are focused on the “Bundy Militia” angle to the standoff in Burns Oregon, where Aamon Bundy and brothers have taken over a Malheur Wildlife Refuge Headquarters to draw attention to the plight of the Hammond family (Full Complex Back Story Here).However, a little research (HatTip NeverTooLate) into the original legal battle reveals a rather startling update.Hammond Family The initial, and regarded by many as overreaching, federal prosecution resulted in a federal court judge Michael Hogan assigning a 3-month sentence and 1-year sentence for Dwight Lincoln Hammond Jr (73) and his son, Steven Dwight Hammond (46) respectively.Even federal Judge...
  • Judge Dismisses Denver D.A.'s Unconstitutional Jury Tampering Charges ( jury nullification )

    12/17/2015 9:06:06 AM PST · by george76 · 83 replies
    Reason magazine ^ | Dec. 17, 2015 | Jacob Sullum
    Mitch Morrissey tried to imprison activists for passing out jury nullification pamphlets. Last August, Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey charged two local activists, Mark Iannicelli and Eric Brandt, with seven felonies each for passing out jury nullification pamphlets at the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse. Morrissey continued to pursue those charges even after conceding that such activity is protected by the First Amendment. When I asked Lynn Kimbrough, Morrissey's public information officer, what Iannicelli and Brandt had done that crossed the line from constitutionally protected speech to felonious jury tampering, she refused to say. That's probably because Morrissey had no case, as confirmed...
  • Heroic Judge Peter Jaklevic Defends Justice System From Anarchy of Jurors Maybe Not Convicting

    12/12/2015 9:09:43 AM PST · by FourPeas · 12 replies
    Popehat ^ | 2 December 2015 | Ken White
    Mecosta County District Court Judge Peter Jaklevic is a former career prosecutor, like all righteous judges, and knows the purpose of jurors: to convict like they're told. So when Keith Wood — a wild-eyed former pastor and current lawless anarchist — began distributing seditious incitement to destroy the judicial system, Judge Peter Jaklevic knew just what to do: arrest him. " A 39-year-old former pastor was arrested and jailed in Mecosta County after he handed out fliers informing people about jury nullification in front of the county courthouse. " Keith Wood said he was handing out pamphlets from the Fully...
  • Rethinking jury nullification

    08/07/2015 9:09:00 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    WA Post ^ | August 7, 2015 | Ilya Somin
    Jury nullification occurs when jurors choose not to convict a defendant they believe to be guilty of the offense charged, usually because they conclude that the law in question is unjust or the punishment is excessive. When I first thought about jury nullification as a young law student, I was inclined to be against it. Yes, it could potentially be used to curb unjust laws. But it can also be a vehicle for jury prejudice and bias. ... legal scholar Glenn Reynolds provides a strong defense of nullification. As he points out, the sort of discretion exercised by nullifying jurors...
  • South Florida Man Charged With Growing Marijuana, Found Not Guilty (Jury Nullification)

    03/03/2015 10:55:54 PM PST · by Ken H · 44 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | March 03, 2015 | Keith Jones
    A South Florida man charged with growing marijuana he claims he needs for a medical condition was found not guilty Monday. Jesse Teplicki, 50, had been charged with manufacturing cannabis and was facing up to five years behind bars. "This case is about medical marijuana and for the hundreds of thousands of patients who can use this medicine as an alternative," Teplicki said. It took jurors just 30 minutes to return the verdict.
  • Jury Nullification

    06/06/2014 4:00:34 AM PDT · by knarf · 13 replies
    self ^ | June 6, 2014 | knarf
    While meditating on the concept of jury nullification .. I wondered ..
  • Jury nullification bill won’t move this session ( Alaska )

    04/15/2014 12:03:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | April 15, 2014 | Matt Buxton
    Advocates of jury nullification did their best to improve a bill expanding a jury’s ability to nullify laws, but the bill won’t be making it to a vote this session. House Bill 316, a bill by North Pole Republican Rep. Tammie Wilson, would expand and protect a jury’s right to judge the merits of a law, not just the facts before them, in a criminal case. The bill would allow defendants to argue their case based merits of the law, encouraging jurors to find them not guilty even in cases where evidence shows otherwise. It also would bar judges from...
  • Another Path to 'Not Guilty'[Nullification]

    01/23/2014 10:09:25 AM PST · by Theoria · 37 replies
    WSJ ^ | 22 Jan 2014 | Ashby Jones
    Not all juries are created equal. These days, nowhere is that clearer than in New Hampshire. A bill introduced earlier this month in the Granite State's House of Representatives would require judges to tell juries in every criminal case that they are free to exercise a long-standing but controversial power called "nullification." That means jurors can vote to acquit defendants not only if they have reasonable doubt of guilt, but also if they simply don't agree with the underlying law. Juries in criminal cases in the U.S. have long had the power to acquit using the nullification principle. But New...
  • The Zimmerman Verdict and Jury Nullification

    08/07/2013 1:37:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Jurist ^ | August 7, 2013 | Liz Clark Rinehart, UM Law School Class of 2015
    The response was predictable, even to those who had maintained hope for a different outcome. After the jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin, many cities erupted into protests of what was perceived as a fundamentally unfair and racially-biased verdict that was the result of a broken justice system. Among those protesting that Zimmerman should be punished, some admitted that the flaw was actually found within the Florida law which departs significantly from the common law by allowing individuals who initiate confrontations to use deadly force to defend themselves without a duty to escape. Florida's Stand Your...
  • San Diego jury erases 'stupid' chalk charges

    07/02/2013 9:33:02 AM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 2, 9:40 AM EDT | ELLIOT SPAGAT
    SAN DIEGO JURY ERASES 'STUPID' CHALK CHARGES [ ... major snippage] The judge, who imposed a gag order on participants during the trial, refused to allow Olson's attorney to argue that the messages were constitutionally protected free speech. [... snip]