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The OJ jury failed to reach a finding of guilty. The truth that is being suppressed is that the jury can find the defendant guilty, but choose to acquit regardless.
Example: Jury sees video tape of drug deal happen. Substance is proved to be drugs and defendant is clearly visible on the film. Guilt beyond a reasonable doubt has been established, however the jury may choose to acquit because they do not agree with the harshness of the laws in relation to the conditions in their community.
In 1969 the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled: "If a jury feels a law unjust, we recognize the undisputed power of the jury to acquit, even if the verdict is contrary to the law given by the judge and contrary to the evidence."
...according to the law and the evidence given you...return a verdict according to the law and evidence as presented in court...
Jury nullification is a de facto and traditional power of juries, not normally disclosed to jurors by the system when they are instructed as to rights and duties.
The power of jury nullification derives from an inherent quality of most modern common law systems - a general unwillingness to inquire into jurors' motivations during or after deliberations.
A jury's ability to nullify the law is further supported by two common law precedents: 1) the prohibition on punishing jury members for their verdict, and the 2) prohibition on retrying criminal defendants after an acquittal.
Jury nullification is the source of much debate. Some maintain that it is an important safeguard of last resort against wrongful imprisonment and government tyranny. Others view it as an abuse of the right to a jury trial that undermines the law.
Some view it as a violation of the oath sworn to by jurors. The early history of juries supports the recognition of the de facto power of nullification. By the 12th century, common law courts began using juries for more than administrative duties. Juries were composed primarily of "laymen" from the local community. A writ of attaint - an obsolete writ in English law - [was] issued to inquire whether a jury had given a false verdict in a trial. en.wikipedia.org...
The Writ of Attaint. In criminal cases, the writ of attaint was issued at the [instigation] of the Crown. The correctness of the verdict would be determined by a body known as the grand jury of attaint. This panel, consisting of twenty-four members, was twice the size of a normal trial jury. The Crown bringing the attaint could introduce only the same evidence that was originally given at trial while the jury whose verdict was questioned was allowed to present new matter.
If the grand jury found the trial jury’s verdict was an erroneous verdict. the wrong was redressed and the original jury was punished.
The punishment inflicted was quite severe; at the common law, the judgement was:
1. That they should lose their liberam legem [legal rights such as to bequeath or inherit] and become for ever infamous [for life].
2. That they should forfeit all their goods and chattels.
3. That their lands and tenements should be seized into the king's hands.
4. That their wives and children should be thrown down [evicted].
6. That their trees should be rooted up.
7. That their meadows should be ploughed.
8. That their bodies should be cast into ‘gaol’ [Hebrew for Hell and the denial of participation in the resurrection]. en.wikipedia.org...
Jury nullification . . I cannot say that I am against it for this reason. It seems like something our forefathers would have certainly protected.
However, the Constitution has been suspended since 1933. Our justice system has been incorporated for profit, operates under martial law, and no longer even practices law but public policy. This I believe, has become detrimental to justice.
If anyone thinks that the business of the US economy is conducted in a manner that is beneficial to, or is in the interests of the rights set forth in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, consider this:
It only took ten years for the privately owned Federal Reserve to drive the sovereign United States of America into bankruptcy. Woodrow Wilson established the Fed in 1913, and FDR suspended the Constitution in 1933 under emergency Executive Order as a result of the bankruptcy of the nation. What was the penalty of bakruptcy? What then did FDR give in trade to the FED? Your inalienable rights. (Not to mention the sovereignty of State governement as well.) U.S. Citizens became independant corporations. The people traded rights for privileges, and still are not aware of that fact to this day. You are not free, you are owned. You were bought out in 1933!
If you think the FED is looking out for your best interests when they make their decisions, think of how many corporations you know that aren't looking to eat their competitors alive.
Army Regulation 840-10, 2.3(b) (1979) states:
b. National flags listed below are for indoor displays and for use in ceremonies and parades. For these purposes the United States flag will be rayon banner cloth, trimmed on three sides with golden yellow fringe, 2 1/2 inches wide.
Army Regulation 840-10, 2.3(c) states:
c. Authorization for indoor display. The flag of the United States is authorized for indoor display for:
(1) each office, headquarters, and organization authorized a positional color, distinguishing flag, or organizational color;
(2) each organization of battalion size or larger, temporary or permanent, not otherwise authorized a flag of the United States;
(3) each military installation not otherwise authorized an indoor flag of the United States, for the purpose of administering oaths of office;
(4) each military courtroom;
(5) each US Army element of joint commands, military groups, and missions. One flag is authorized for any one headquarters operating in a dual capacity;
(6) each subordinate element of the US Army Recruiting Command;
(7) each ROTC unit, including those at satellited schools;
(8) each reception station.