I'm a lifelong Michigan redneck. This is where my roots are and this is where I'll die. Don't ask me to leave because I'm too happy to play the role of bleeding hemmoroid on the butt of the liberals of this state. Its the greatest place in the world and I'm not giving it up.
THOMAS JEFFERSON (1789): I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.
JOHN ADAMS (1771): It's not only ....(the juror's) right, but his duty, in that case, to find the verdict according to his own best understanding, judgement, and conscience, though in direct opposition to the direction of the court.
ALEXANDER HAMILTON (1804): Jurors should acquit even against the judge's instruction...."if exercising their judgement with discretion and honesty they have a clear conviction that the charge of the court is wrong."
U.S. vs. DOUGHERTY (1972) [D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals]: The jury has...."unreviewable and irreversible power...to acquit in disregard of the instructions on the law given by the trial judge."
George Armstrong Custer hosting a reunion of the remaining soldiers who fought in the battle of the River Raisin. The man at Custer's right (our left) is Custer's father. The photo was taken some 60 years after the battle that happened during the war of 1812. Custer was a big supporter of veterans and veterans rights. Its believed that he paid the full cost of transporting the elderly vets north to Michigan for the reunion.
Custer was actually one of the finest Generals America has produced but history records him as a failure. Modern thinking is that poorly designed weapons may have been the real cause of the massacre at the Little Bighorn.