Good Jurors Nullify Bad Laws

Originally posted at LadiesInKeene.com

August 13, 2012, Ademo Freeman, founder of CopBlock.org, was found guilty on three counts of felony wiretapping after recording his conversations with public officials in an attempt to bring accountability to a situation where it was noticeably absent – an incident where excessive force was used against 17-year-old Frank Harrington, a student at Manchester’s West High School, by Darren Murphy, school resource officer and an employee of the Manchester Police Department.

If you are not familiar with Ademo’s situation,learn more.

Ademo was sentenced to one year in Valley Street Jail, all but 90 days suspended, as well as 1-3 years in NH State Prison suspended for 5 years of good behavior.

In a letter from jail, Ademo wrote: “By the time this is posted, we’ll already know the outcome and hopefully the jury is understanding of my position. I don’t, or won’t, blame them if they find me guilty.”

Ademo may not blame them, but I do.

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Military “Cuts”: Don’t Believe the Hype

by Ron Paul

Grover Norquist, the influential conservative activist, recently made some very frank and sobering remarks about the U.S. military budget. Unlike many conservatives, Mr. Norquist understands that American national security interests are not served by the interventionist foreign policy mindset that has dominated both political parties in recent decades. He also understands that there is nothing “conservative” about incurring trillions of dollars in debt to engage in hopeless nation building exercises overseas.

Speaking at the Center for the National interest last week, Norquist stated that “We can afford to have an adequate national defense which keeps us free and safe and keeps everybody afraid to throw a punch at us, as long as we don’t make some of the decisions that previous administrations have, which is to over extend ourselves overseas and think we can run foreign governments.”

He continued: “Bush decided to be the mayor of Baghdad rather than the president of the United States. He decided to occupy Iraq and Afghanistan rather than reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. That had tremendous consequences… Richard Nixon said that America’s national defense needs are set in Moscow, meaning that we wouldn’t have to spend so much if they weren’t shooting at us. The guys who followed didn’t notice that the Soviet Union disappeared.”

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When Two Paths of Nullification Collide

Say the word jury nullification and people say they can’t do it. Say state nullification and people will say it is a no-go. The reason for this is that the fear that most people have of the government will punish them prevents them from doing this on their own.

It would be nice if we lived in a world where people regularly had the courage to defy their government when it is acting unjustly or unconstitutionally but we live in the real world where such courage is rare. Those who believe in these concepts have to accept the idea that people are not going to risk their lives, liberty, and property when attempting to disobey the government. There has to be a legal path for these things in order for the average person to use them.

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