"From now onwards the jury enters on a new phase of its history, and for the next three centuries it will exercise its power of veto on the use of the criminal law against political offenders who have succeeded in obtaining popular sympathy."
U.S. v. Wilson, 629 F.2d 439, 443 (1980)
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Not exactly sure how to rate this. The statement on its face is absolutely correct. At the same time it is in your face despotic and most heinous, beyond belief (in a land that once had a limiting Constitution - defining a representative republic of free individual sovereigns) except for the reality of its actual enactment. The ballooning of certain economic bubbles through a fiat system, the welfare state, and electing Keynesians to office are but just 3 examples that quickly come to mind. Probably a thumbs down, a hundred times for what its done to the home of the brave and land of the free.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    There's hope Mike...Georgia is holding hearing on the Kenyan's eligibility.:http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/01/media_blackout_in_obama_georgia_ballot_eligibility_case.html
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    First rate, keep up the good work.
     -- joe miller, Metropolis     
    Good comments from Mike and J. Let's hope that the Judge holds firm in Georgia. Has anyone seen or heard anything about this case on the main stream media, or even Fox ?
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    Re: GA--An Administrative Court IS NOT A JUDICIAL PROCEEDING. This issue is being treated on a level that is all but irrelevant. Only a court of Law can handle issues of Law; like a 3-judge ct., ie, an Article III court. And the public is being led to believe that the legality (lawful, according to Law) of Obama's qualification for office is being addressed. It's all a tragic sham being staged for public consumption.
     -- Abby     
    First of all, the quote was poorly (if at all) researched; it is actually a sentence from Plucknett's "Concise History of Common Law", and it refers to a 1544 jury verdict in Britain. (Note also that the "next three centuries" expired 150 years ago.) The 6th Circuit quoted it in reference to a 1980 decision, so here, it's totally out of context. Second, Abby is correct, administrative cases are not judicial cases. This is an important separation-of-powers issue -- if any administrative law judge were allowed to subpoena the President, he would spend all his time traveling from state to state responding to stupid complaints, and this particular stupid complaint has been answered dozens of times. The birthers need to give it a rest. Third, what "good comments" are we talking about -- confusing Keynesians with Kenyans?
     -- Joe, NJ     
    And one more thing: That same 6th Circuit decision points out that "...the drafters of the Constitution clearly intended [the right of trial by jury] to protect the accused from oppression by the Government. ("The guarantees of jury trial in the Federal and State Constitutions reflect a profound judgment about the way in which law should be enforced and justice administered. A right to jury trial is granted to criminal defendants in order to prevent oppression by the Government."). The Founding Fathers knew that, absent jury nullification, judicial tyranny not only was a possibility, but was a reality in the colonial experience. Although we may view ourselves as living in more civilized times, there is obviously no reason to believe the need for this protection has been eliminated. Judicial and prosecutorial excesses still occur, and Congress is not yet an infallible body incapable of making tyrannical laws." The fact that Mike, et al. consider this Constitutionally guaranteed protection of citizens from their government "despotic and most heinous" is curious, to say the least.
     -- Joe, NJ     
    Yes, Joe, my immediate reaction to the quote was why only in 1980 is the jury entering a "new phase" of veto power over political statutes? This has been the purpose of a jury for hundreds of years. 5 stars for the truth in it.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Joe NJ...the Birthers as you so ignorantly put it are Americans...Patriots, who should never rest on issues of Sovereignty and Constitutional law.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Thanks, Joe, however, we have been unable to find the sentence from Plucknett's 'Concise History of Common Law' -- can you provide a link? Thank you.
     -- Editor, Liberty Quotes     
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