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Nullification is not a "defense" recognized by law, but rather a mechanism that permits a jury, as community conscience, to disregard the strict requirements of law where it finds that those requirements cannot justly be applied in a particular case.
David L. Bazelon (more quotes by David L. Bazelon or books by/about David L. Bazelon)
(1909-1993) Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. v. Dougherty, 473 F. 2d 1113, 42 (dissent) (1972).
Conscience, Jury, Law