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July 05, 2012

New Hampshire breaks the secrecy surrounding Jury Nullification

Jury Nullification is one of the strongest tools ordinary people have when faced with a justice system that is rigged against them. It allows the jurors to say, "It isn't important if this accused broke this law, because this law itself is stupid." It is very old and very difficult to implement in America. Even *telling* a jury about it in most states is grounds to lose your license to practice law. Think about that for a second: telling a jury about a legal option they have can get you barred for life from being a lawyer. Except not in New Hampshire as of three weeks ago. The fear is that if people knew about nullification they would go to trial more, which is incredibly time consuming and expensive (in California, it takes years for a case to get thru the system). Jury Nullification In New Hampshire Becomes Reality
For those of you who don’t know much about jury nullification, basically it’s when the jury finds a defendant innocent because of their dislike of the law. For example, a jury might refuse to convict a non-violent drug offender because they disagree with the fundamental premise of drug laws themselves. Throughout the United States, judges have forbidden defense attorneys from informing juries that they have a right to nullify the law based on their dislike of the law. In California for example, jurors are required to inform on other jurors if one of them argues that the law is bad. The judge will then replace that juror with an alternate. A defense attorney who argues on grounds of nullification could face disbarment or other sanctions by the court, even though nullification is a right all U.S. jurors poses under common law. On June 18, New Hampshire Governor John Lynch signed HB 146, which reads: "[A] Right of Accused. In all criminal proceedings the court shall permit the defense to inform the jury of its right to judge the facts and the application of the law in relation to the facts in controversy." . . .

Pennsylvania Republicans hatch scheme to prevent 10% of citizens from voting in November

By limiting the types of ID you are allowed to have to be able to vote--and by not telling the elderly or poor people or minorities about the changes--they may prevent 750,000 people from being able to exercise the most fundamental right of a Democracy. Pennsylvania Voter-ID Law Could Disenfranchise Up To 750,000 | TPMMuckraker
The impact of Pennsylvania’s new Voter-ID law could be much wider-reaching than the state’s Republican officials claimed when passing the bill, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. In fact, over 758,000 registered voters in Pennsylvania — representing 9.2 percent of the state’s 8.2 million registered voters — do not have photo identification cards from the state Transportation Department, based on a comparison between voter registration rolls and the Transportation Department database. The problem is most acutely shown in Philadelphia, with 186,830 registered voters who do not have ID cards in the Transportation database, 18 percent of the city’s total registration. Pennsylvania has tended to vote Democratic in presidential elections, having only voted Republican in landslide elections since the 1950’s. However, the results can sometimes be quite close, and the GOP has sought to win the state in cycle after cycle. It voted for Barack Obama by an 11-point margin in 2008 — a raw vote spread of about 620,000 votes, less than the new figure of potentially disenfranchised voters. Before that, it went for John Kerry by only 2.5 points in 2004, a spread of about 145,000 votes. Recently, the state’s GOP House Majority Leader Mike Turzai boasted of the Voter-ID law as a Republican accomplishment that would have an effect in November, telling a party meeting: “Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done.”

July 04, 2012

If only there was a handy catchphrase for this system, where you put *debtors* in *prison* for being broke

Just in case it slipped past you in civics class,...

July 02, 2012

Texas Republicans regret making opposition to "critical thinking skills" their official platform

Texas GOP Makes Opposition to "Critical Thinking Skills" Official Policy Until 2014, Now Claiming it Was an Accident | AlterNet
Texas Republicans are saying that their 2012 platform's opposition to "critical thinking skills" was a mistake—but that mistake is now the formal policy of the Republican Party of Texas until 2014. The stated reasoning behind opposition to critical thinking skills was that such education programs "focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority." As Hunter described this logic: Critical thinking, of course, is what allows a person to differentiate between fact and hokum. I will assume that this is the peeve being addressed by the party plank (which, as it turns out, doubles as a handy paddlin' board). Differentiating between fact and hokum sounds all fine and good until it leads to questioning your elders. When elders spout hokum, now that needs to be properly respected. If your elders say the Loch Ness Monster is proof that evolution never happened and that Noah's Ark was actually a hovercraft, you had better damn well not start using your newfound critical thinking skills on picking apart that. Believing something contrary to your parents counts as behavior modification only if the original behavior was a full-on brainwashing. But don't worry! Its inclusion in the formal platform of the Republican Party of Texas was all a mistake. . . .