"In all criminal cases whatever, the jury shall have the right to determine the law, and the facts under the direction of the Court as to the law, and the right of new trials as in civil cases."
Article I, Section 16
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The right to determine law (how accurately such tools as codes, ordinances, regulations, rules, statutes, etc. defines the natural law, associate to common law and how such tools accurately assimilate to the case at hand) and fact (physical events, inclusive of intent, pre-meditation, etc. as directly effect the case at hand) is/are an essential element(s) in any pursuit of truth and administration of justice. Rules of Criminal and Civil procedure are also critical elements in disseminating chaos. Said rules of procedure need be continually reviewed with an ultimate objective and with ideals accurately identifying truth and justice.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Whenever an individual is on trial and charged with an unjust law the jury has the ultimate authority to judge the law unjust through their rightful power of Jury Nullification.
     -- Mary - MI     
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    A point NEVER heard from a lawyer or judge -- the last thing they want is for the jury to make up their own minds. Nullification of law by jury is the People's check against bad laws. Prohibition was unsuccessful for the reason that juries would not convict -- that's why the Feds switched to income tax evasion to go after mob bosses. Jury nullification could be used to end the drug war -- but juries do not know they may judge the law as well and acquit the non-violent defendant who has done nothing to anyone else. Few ever go to trial knowing that if the jury does not come up with a unanimous verdict, it's called a mistrial and do it again until they get a guilty verdict -- this is a travesty of justice!!! It requires unanimity to convict not to acquit!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Jury Nullification , the way to nullify bad law. The jury has the right to vote not guilty for any reason or no reason. No judge will ever tell a jury of this right.
     -- Jim K, Austin     
     -- Jim K, Austin      
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