Additional Titles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Related
Article:

Utah Set to Reject Bush's No Child Left Behind

 

Other News
Breaking
Articles:

Sheriff's Lax With Local Bomb Threat - School Takes Matter Into Own Hands

ENLIBRA: A Plan to Destroy America From the Inside/Out

Catholic Priest Admits Homosexual Encounters With Boys

Was LAX gunman trying to kill Peres granddaughter?

More
Breaking
News
Articles:

 

 

 

 

FULLY INFORMED JURY BILL HEARINGS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE GENERAL COURT

 


Posted:
March 2, 2005
1:05 AM Eastern
NewsWithViews.com

The New Hampshire State Legislature, formally known as their "General Court,'" continues to see legislation introduced that hits at power structures, both federally and for its own state citizens. (search) (additional search)

The latest bill being hailed by the people of New Hampshire is HR 530: An Act relative to an informed jury. The bill reads as follows:

HB 530 As Introduced 2005 Session/ 05-0134
AN ACT relative to an informed jury.
SPONSORS: Rep. Marple, Merr 9; Rep. DiFruscia, Rock 4; Rep. Ingbretson, Graf 5; Rep. Sorg, Graf 3; Sen. Boyce, Dist 4
COMMITTEE: Judiciary

Analysis

The bill states that a criminal defendant has a right that the court instruct the jury of its inherent right to disregard the law and the facts in controversy and to nullify.

Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics. Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struck through.] Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

State of New Hampshire In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Five

AN ACT relative to an informed jury.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

1 Findings and Intent. Under the decisions of both the New Hampshire supreme court and the United States supreme court, the jury has an undeniable right to judge both the law and the facts in controversy. The jury system functions at its best when it is fully informed of these prerogatives. The general court wishes to perpetuate and reiterate the rights of the jury, as ordained under common law and recognized in the American jurisprudence, while preserving the rights of a criminal defendant.

2 New Section; Right of Accused; Jury Instruction. Amend RSA 519 by inserting after section 23 the following new section:

519:23-a Right of Accused. In all criminal proceedings the court shall instruct the jury of its inherent right to judge the law as well as the facts and to nullify.

3 Effective Date. This act shall take effect January 1, 2006.

If past experience is an indicator of future success, this bill will meet with stiff opposition as courts and prosecutors, both federal and state, don't want the American people to know they have the right to judge the law as well as the facts. Jury nullification is only whispered about in court rooms. Judges who actually are only referees in the court room, never inform juries of their rights. However, when the rare individual does step forward and request their rights, they are usually let go. One case which received no media attention to speak of was that of Hoppy Heidelberg, foreman of the original grand jury looking into charges against Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. Heidelberg requested the hand book of jurors rights, asked questions and requested experts to assist his grand jury in making a fully informed decision. His reward: the judge kicked him off the grand jury.

The Fully Informed Jury Association is a nationwide organization whose mission is to help Americans understand their rights and power as a juror. The next hearing date for HR 530 is March 17, 2005 and sponsors of the bill are asking all citizens in the State of New Hampshire to get out the word and put pressure on their state representatives at the Capitol to vote yes on this legislation.

2005 - NewsWithViews.com - All Rights Reserved

Sign Up For Free E-Mail Alerts

E-Mails are used strictly for NWVs alerts, not for sale


For radio interviews or comments:
newseditor1@earthlink.net


 

Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Fully Informed Jury Association is a nationwide organization whose mission is to help Americans understand their rights and power as a juror.