Jury Nullification and Democracy
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 947 , Segment 5
Episode: Election Security, Extreme Ironing, Unsavory Truth, Jury Reform in LA
- Nov 20, 2018 10:00 pm
- 13:59 mins
Guest: Ilya Somin, Professor of Law, George Mason University Most states require a jury to come to a unanimous decision in order to convict someone of a serious crime. There’s a long-delayed correction to Louisiana’s old racially driven jury law. There is little-known power that juries hold. What would you do if you were sitting on a jury and you felt strongly that the law itself was unjust – or that the punishment was too severe? It turns out juries have a solution in their toolkit. It’s called jury nullification – which simply means that a jury can return a “not guilty” verdict if they object to the law itself or to the severity of the likely sentence.