“Do you promise to decide this case based on the law as I give it to you?”
This is a commonly phrased question that a judge may ask each potential juror before considering that person for a seat on the panel.
Invariably, the dutiful, and intimidated, potential juror answers “yes,” out of ignorance of the real power held by any juror: the power of Jury Nullification.
Our republican form of government, with its rule of law, relies on a system of checks and balances between the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. This system works to distribute power among all of the participants in our government to ensure that justice prevails. A seldom-considered aspect of these checks and balances is the role of We the People in this process. We all know that the legislature passes the laws, the executive oversees that the laws are put into effect, and the judiciary supervises the enforcement of those laws in court. But ultimately, it is The People, the jurors, who are not only the triers of the facts of a court case, but also the triers of the law, itself. The jury is the last fail-safe in the system to bring about a verdict that values justice over a blind obeisance to an unconstitutional law.
In deciding his vote, any juror can choose to disregard the instructions of the judge. In reality, government officials are required to present their cases in court to a jury of the People who may then choose whether or not to grant the government permission to enforce a law as is indicated by the verdict that the jury renders in that case.
The first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, John Jay, made it clear in 1789 that “The jury has a right to judge both the law as well as the fact in controversy.” Therefore, it is the obligation of every juror to perform this duty to render a verdict that recognizes the validity of both the law and the facts. If following the law does not result in a just decision, then nullification of the law is a prerogative of the jury, even if that means disregarding the instructions of the judge.
The Constitution of the State of Jefferson officially recognizes this power, responsibility, and right of The People in their function as jurors when it specifically cites that “The right of trial by jury shall remain inviolate … and the jury is the trier of fact and law.”
A very important townhall and not to be missed! Come, listen, learn! Admission is free.
We will be raffling off a "Mystery Safe" with a special treat inside! There will not be any pre-sale of raffle tickets. You must buy them at the event. We have a possibility of an open bar but it is tentative at this time. Food will not be available.
Please help us to raise funds for our court case that is heading to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in March.
“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.” ― Thomas Jefferson
A fundraising idea is being organized by Patty Smith for greeting cards with photos, poetry, greetings, etc., available to each county via email. Each group would print and sell their own cards. Poetry, cute, funny, sentimental greetings and even sketches are welcomed . The only criteria is that the images are from somewhere in Jefferson and that each one is identified as to where it was taken.
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Standing County Committee Meetings Subject to change without notice.
Coos County, OR
3rd Wednesdayeach month- 6PM
60 W Third St
Curry County, OR
2nd Wednesday each month -
29513 Ellensburg Ave
Gold Beach, OR
Douglas County, OR
2nd Tuesday each month - 6 PM
506 SE Jackson St
El Dorado County
2nd Tuesday each month -
American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Road, Placerville
Doors open 5:30 to 6:30 PM, to socialize, ask questions and/or enjoy a meal. The meeting time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Jackson County, OR
2nd Thursday each month -
412 E Main St
Rogue River, OR
Josephine County, OR
1st Thursday each month - 6:00 PM
GP Parkway and Foothill Blvd
Grants Pass, OR
3rd Thursday each month -
Kerby Belt Building
Klamath County, OR
1st Tuesday each month -
Sizzler's Meeting Room
2506 S Sixth St
Klamath Falls, OR
Mariposa County 4th Tuesday each month – 5:30 PM Happy Burger Diner Meeting Room 5120 State Hwy 140 at 12th St Mariposa
2nd and 4th Tuesdays each month - 6:00 PM
Robinson's Conference Center 293 Lower Grass Valley Hwy
3rd Wednesday each month - 6 PM
5:30 PM Social time
Mt. Vernon Guild Hall
3185 Bell Rd
Mondays at 5:30 PM
2570 S. Bonnyview Road
Shasta County Intermountain Patriots
2nd Tuesday each month - 6:30 PM
Burney Lions Hall
Main Street, Burney
4th Tuesday each month
Social time - 5 PM
The Ol Merc
Hwy 299, McArthur
Meeting time - 6:30 PM
McArthur Lions Hall, Hwy 299
2nd &4th Tuesday each month
Grizzly Rock Cafe
4905 North Golden State Blvd
American Values SOJ
1st & 3rd Tuesday each month -
Mountain Mike's Pizza
111 Maggs St, Oakdale
Sutter and Yuba Counties
4th Monday each month - 6:30 PM
Church of Glad Tidings Building 500, Room 212
1179 Eager Road
1st & 3rd Friday each month -
20794 Walnut Street
2nd Thursday each month -
Hayfork Community Church
7450 State Highway 3
3rd Wednesday each month -
Round Table Pizza
120 Nugget Lane
2nd Tuesday each month -
6:00 PM Willow Springs Club House 20522 Willow Springs Rd Soulsbyville
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