"The jury in all criminal cases,
shall be the judges of the law and the facts."
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This is one of the few places where this right/duty is clearly laid out.
 -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
    Along with the 9th and 10th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, this concept is a non-existent relic of liberty's past. The robed priests behind the bench continue to legislate liberty out of their own little fiefdoms.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Yes.I really like this site.Then is it true that the principles of the "old" Republic only exist online now?
     -- me again     
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    I doubt the Georgia courts would find someone in contempt if they stated this.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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    The American Republic is still alive. Our duty is to be freemen/freewomen. That means NOT contracting with the government for employment or benefits of any kind. There are a great many laws dictating what the government may do and the rules they must follow -- if you accept any office or emolument from the government, then you are bound by the terms of that governmental body. The trick is not to let the government cheat you out of your freedom under the pretence of protecting you. As far as common law goes (the law of the land), there are no more common law courts in which to bring your case. The US court system is a merging of admiralty/maritime and commercial courts. If you are a freeman, you are not within their jurisdictions -- but enter the court, and you have agreed to enter that jurisdiction and must obey the rules of that court. The judge is the final arbiter in an admiralty/maritime court -- the jury's verdict can be ignored. The Uniform Commercial Code is what is enforced in these courts -- the Constitution rarely applies to contract law.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    One of the outrageous abuses that takes place in courts throughout the United States is the failure on the part of judges and attorneys to properly inform jurors of their right to judge not only the facts of a case but the law itself, a power known as jury nullification. John Adams said about the juror, "It is not only his right but his duty...to find the verdict according to his own best understanding, judgment, and conscience, though in direct opposition to the direction of the court." Also, juries have an "...unreviewable and irreversible power...to acquit in disregard of the instruction on the law given by the trial judge," according to a 1972 decision by the Washington, DC Circuit Court of Appeals. Yet judges commonly would have us understand the opposite to be true, which we understand to be the capricious and dictatorial wish of a body in opposition to the legitimate rights of the People. We, however, have the capacity to rule as we see fit.
     -- David L. Rosenthal     
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    One of the few things that this suckhole state gets right.
     -- Anonymous, Arab     
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