The couple of times I've mentioned it in a jury room you could HEAR the marbles start rolling around in folks heads. They can't BELIEVE the jury CAN do anything except what they think the judge wants. They assume that Jurors can be punished!
So I end up hanging juries. 450.00 for an improper turn is TOO MUCH. Period.
And I look like the perfect juror, every time. Coat. Tie. Haircut. A little chit-chat because I know a lot of folks but not too much. If they ask me about following instructions I'm all for it. And I am.
But Drug laws? Pffft. Gun Laws? Even Bigfoot is covered by the 2nd Amendment...before it was written -if you ask me. Traffic laws? Get lost. They are only after the money. If someone confesses to shooting the pope and still has the smoking gun in his hand in court....maybe.
I'm just one of those heretics who actually READ the Founding Fathers and thinks that Human Beings actually DO have Rights. Just being a responsible citizen of the Republic here, folks. I love a good bureacracy as much as anyone....but let's have a little justice now and then.
Right now we have a sensational trial of some folks who taught children to have sex on stage. Day after day of lurid testimony by a cavalcade of state experts and witnesses. But I just noticed a little something......it's from the next county over and the DA up there wouldn't bring charges. And they didn't ask us to, nor was this a change of venue.
I'm sceptical, partly because the Smith County Courts have lost credence for justice and rule of law.
So, Jury Nullification. The revolution has to start somewhere and that somewhere needs to have suits, ties and central air conditioning.