Jury Nullification: What It Is and How to Use It

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Jury Nullification – When the Jury Ignores the Law
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Jurors in a criminal trial have the responsibility of deciding whether an accused individual, or defendant, is guilty or not guilty of a charged crime. They must examine the evidence presented at trial to determine whether the law has been broken. The court gives instructions to the jurors that inform them of the law that must be applied in the case.

Sometimes jurors may disagree with a particular law. Even if the evidence clearly shows that the defendant broke the law, they may find him not guilty of the charged crime. This is called jury nullification. The jury nullifies the law by ignoring it and letting the defendant go free.

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