Will NH House Pass Improved Jury Nullification Bill?

As you may know, in late 2014 the NH supreme court decided against Rich Paul’s appeal, claiming the “jury nullification” bill of 2012 was not in point-of-fact, a jury nullification bill. Turns out the 2012 law was gutted prior to passing and the rejected wording was more like JR Hoell’s 2015 edition of the bill, HB 470. Hoell’s bill was heard this week by the NH house judiciary committee. Here’s the full video of the hearing, which in addition to liberty-loving activists speaking, includes the “justice” bureaucrats trying their best to dissuade the committee from supporting having the jury being informed of their full rights:

Now you can subscribe to Free Keene via email!

Don't miss a single post!


4 Comments

  1. Viride Faenum

    Some members and proponents see laws as cast in stone never to be questioned. Never mind the reality is that a very involved system has been established to revise and create new law to supersede the old. If laws can be revised and created annually, just maybe they should not be held in such high esteem. The reality is that law is a snapshot of societies opinion at a given time and subject to change at the whim of society. Members of that society, a jury, may have the same foresight and need to be free to exercise.

    The legislatures efforts are not wasted as it takes considerable skill and effort to wordsmith the moments consensus in a workable fashion. It also is beneficial to juries to see where ‘society’ feels the balance is on a given topic. It should not be a requirement for juries to abide by that ‘consensus’.

    Jury nullification needs to be strengthened not watered down. That said, the focus should be on unjust conviction and ensure the appeals process isn’t so broken as to absolve the entrapped of the wrongful conviction. It’s a given that some thug will be found not guilty of crime that should have been found guilty. This is the motivation for most law as some loophole is discovered and closed. The price of poor wordsmithing. We don’t live in a perfect world.

    Reply
    • Roger Wilson

      The reality is that law is a snapshot of societies opinion at a given time

      You’re wrong there. The law is neither a snapshot nor is it society’s opinion. There are laws on the books that were enacted by people whose grandchildren died of old age generations ago, mixed in with laws passed this year. That’s not a snapshot, it’s an encrusted aggregation.

      As for the law being society’s opinion, that’s false too. The law is the opinion of the legislature, not of society. According to a Rasmussen public opinion survey released last week the percentage of US voters who think the Congress is doing a good or excellent job is a pathetic 16%, and a majority of voters rate Congress poorly. I don’t know what the numbers are for New Hampshire, but that one example proves that the state of the law can be completely detached from the “opinion of society.”

  2. davidinkeene

    this is like begging for a permission slip to have a revolt

    Reply
  3. Rob

    Q: “Will NH House Pass Improved Jury Nullification Bill” ?

    A: No. Next question.

    Reply

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Will NH House Pass Improved Jury Nullification Bill? | Freedom's Floodgates - […] By Ian Freeman […]
  2. Anarcho-Lobbyist for Jury Nullification - Christopher Cantwell - […] See more coverage at FreeKeene.com […]
  3. Anarcho-Lobbyist for Jury Nullification | Freedom's Floodgates - […] See more coverage at FreeKeene.com […]
  4. The Sriracha Guy Reports on Jury Outreach in Dover, NH | New Hampshire Jury Information - […] and the NH State House’s judiciary committee is still entertaining testimonies that support not informing jurors of their full rights.…
  5. The Sriracha Guy Reports on Jury Outreach in Dover, NH | Free Keene - […] and the NH State House’s judiciary committee is still entertaining testimonies that support not informing jurors of their full…

Care to comment?