About Jury Nullification

jury nullificationUsually, for people to deal with and change the justice system, they have to go to law school for years and build an extensive education. However, as a democratic republic, American citizens have some power as well. For instance, jurors can effect change through jury nullification. We discuss the practice here.

The Practice:

A jury can actually acquit (free) a defendant whether they think he committed the crime in question or not. However, the court has no obligation to inform a juror of this right. People have implemented this practice in America to effect change going back hundreds of years.

History:

When America still belonged to England, colonists utilized jury nullification in cases of maritime law and free speech. Many years later, during prohibition, juries prevented convictions of alcohol related crimes, probably helping lead to the 21st Amendment that repealed prohibition altogether.
As a citizen, you have more power than you might think. Keep educating yourself about how you can effect change. If you find yourself needing bail bonds, Nashville Bonding Company can help. To find out more, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (615) 255-1800.