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Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
As someone who put some volunteer time into petition signing a long time ago for this issue (to have this point at least noted to Jurys, for all the good that effort did), I'd want to add something real important here. It's VERY important too.
This is a perfectly valid concept and practice as far as I'm concerned. It goes to the very heart of our system and the citizen standing as the ultimate check/balance to a system gone too far. It really is the right approach for that.
The Judiciary will NOT see it that way. Even saying the WORD can be enough to be bounced out of a Jury pool in some cases..and pushing it to the rest of the Jury can bring a mistrial.
So, while I love the concept and it's valuable .... It also takes a bit of thought and clever consideration for how to exercise that right ...without technically exercising that right. Many in the legal system would say the whole notion is illegal on the face.