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Raising Awareness for Jury Nullification

By March 8, 2018 No Comments

Jury nullification is a mechanism more jurors should be aware of, says philosophy professor Kathleen Dean Moore in a recent op-ed for the Duluth News Tribune. Moore describes jury nullification as “when a jury fails to convict because at least one member believes a conviction would be unjust.” She states, “When a jury member believes the letter of the law has not kept pace with the moral imperatives of the time or that the law’s application to a particular set of circumstances would result in a cruel or unjust punishment, the juror has the legal right — and perhaps the moral obligation — to ignore the law in order to achieve a just outcome.” Moore’s op-ed pays particular attention to the criminal defense concerns of climate-change activists in Minnesota, North Dakota, and other states.