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The legal theory that a jury can acquit a defendant even if they believe him to be guilty according to the letter of the law. The jury, in effect, nullifies the law in the case they decide.

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Are jurors ever told about jury nullification in the US? If not, why not?

It seems that if jury nullification is a right, then jurors should be told about it.
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Does talking about jury nullification get you blocked from jury duty? [duplicate]

I've heard from a few different (non-authoritative) sources that talking about jury nullification will get you removed from a jury. Is that actually true? If so, does it therefore follow that if you ...
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Can jury nullification apply to a civil lawsuit?

What I am referring to, is when a jury rules that the accused is technically guilty, but shouldn't be punished for it anyway. In other words: the jury determines that the letter of the law conflicts ...
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Can a jury's vote be nullified , if majority of the jury is found to have leaning towards a certain political and racial group hence causing a bias?

In U.S. multiple ways have been politically implemented through which minorities don't have a huge representation , even in the jury. So , can the person who is trying to be convincted of a crime , ...
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jury nullification [closed]

I've heard about jury nullification, and I find it very interesting, but I don't know how it works exactly, and what is the legality of it. I've never dabbled in the "laws", so I'm not exactly ...
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Law in fiction: acquittal of Moriarty in *Sherlock* TV series

[clarification: I'm posting this question here because it is arguably a better forum than scifi.SE] In "The Reichenbach Fall" (Sherlock season 2, episode 3), Jim Moriarty breaks into the Jewel House ...
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Why was the Armenian assassin of Talat Pasha acquitted for murder?

The Armenian assassin of the ex-Ottoman Grand Vizier Talat Pasha, Soghomon Tehlirian was acquitted of murder in his trial. His defence was that he was killing Talat Pasha in retaliation for his crimes ...
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Can a court judge override a jury decision?

My knowledge of law is minimal, I'm curious about edge cases in the jury/judge dynamic. When can they override each other, interesting situations where decisions that would typically be made by one ...
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Is the judge allowed to nullify laws?

If a jury disagrees with a law, it's allowed to exercise a right known as jury nullification. However, what about civil cases (e.g., in a Superior Court in California) that are presided by a judge ...
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Can a case get thrown out because of "jury nullification?

With regard to this question, a patent lawyer told me that if one of the other jurors tried to teach the others his view of patent law, and they followed him, rather than the judge, that would be a ...
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How can a jury know about jury nullification?

It appears that jurors are not allowed to be told that they can ignore the law and thus use their right of jury nullification. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jury_nullification#Canada The contrary ...
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Challenging jurors for cause based on beliefs in jury nullification

In the United States, is belief in jury nullification generally a valid reason to challenge a jury for cause?
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What is jury nullification?

What is jury nullification and what are its origins and history? What actions by a juror would be considered nullification?