"Jurors should acquit, even against the judge’s instruction ... if exercising their judgment with discretion and honesty they have a clear conviction that the charge of the court is wrong."
by:
Andrew Hamilton
(c.1676-1741) Scottish lawyer in colonial America
Source:
August 4, 1735, advice to jurors to acquit against the judge’s instructions in the seditious libel trial of John Peter Zenger; Rex. V. Zenger, How. St. Tr. 17:675 (1735)
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YES, short, sweet, to the point, and true.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Good old Jury Nullification, the way to nullify bad law.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    Absolutely true today as it was 500 years ago. Just goes to show that 'Civics' has been a subject dropped from popular education a long time ago. If this fact were commonly known, the people and the press would mention it always as a check against bad laws -- just don't convict folks of laws you don't agree with -- it is your right AND responsibility.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- J Carlton, Calgary      
     
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