Wherein "Jury Nullification of the Law" is defined as when a jury finds the defendant not guilty, even thought they know the defendant has actually broken a statute of our law (be it local, State, or Federal), with the effect that the jury is openly and intentionally rejecting the very foundation of the specific law itself. Though I have not personally verified this, it is said that in the earliest history of our country, juries were instructed of this vital responsibility (which was a strong contribution of and by the people to the entire "balance of power" equation), but today juries are instructed only to weigh whether or not the defendant has broken the law as it is written and stands on our books, regardless of the jurors potential feelings toward the actual law. The juror is told that only in this way can he or she remain impartial and render a "proper" verdict.
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