Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The role of the jury in a marijuana prosecution

George Washington University law professor Paul Butler has an important op-ed in The New York Times, Dec. 21, 2011 in defense of Julian P. Heicklen, a retired Penn State professor, who has been an indefatigable marijuana legalization crusader for years. Heicklen distributed information about the jury nullification power to passersby near the court house in New York City. Federal prosecutors are prosecuting him for the felony of jury tampering and insist that the First Amendment has nothing to do with his conduct.

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