Jury Nullification Paper

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CJA344 week three jury nullification paper

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Jury Nullification PaperNameClassDateProfessorJury Nullification Paper Jury nullification occurs when a jury finds that the criminal defendant is guilty of the crime they have been charged with but decide to find the defendant not guilty anyway. Jury nullification occurs when the jury finds the law is wrong and the defendant should never have been charged with a crime or when a jury is sympathetic to the criminal defendant. When the government establishes or tries to enforce laws that are not favorable to the public the jury has an opportunity to bypass the law and rule based on the social norms of the time or the moral majority. Jury nullification is a necessary aspect of the judicial process but has created controversy when juries use this power to let guilty offenders go free based on their race or ethnicity (Linder, 2001). Some people find jury nullification is just an opportunity to ignore the law and find someone guilty based on sympathy due to race or ethnicity. On the other hand there are people in society that find this aspect of the law should be protected. If the jury cannot ignore a stupid or harmful law and find a defendant not guilty then the government does not have the necessary checks and balances. There are many laws in society that find to be wrong or unnecessary causing them to reject guilty pleas even if the crime was committed. For example the case of Dr. Jack Kevorkian the jury found him not guilty of assisted

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