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Illinois law should be changed so that juries can acquit guilty person if they feel it is just

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Jurors have a legal right to vote their conscience and ignore judges instructions if they believe the law is unjust.

Jury nullification is when a jury, despite the State proving all the elements  of a crime and the offender being technically guilty, decides that they will not convict the person because they believe it would be bad for society – either they believe the charge is fraudulent, the law is incorrect, or there is some other reason that the person should not be convicted.

Jury nullification is legal and binding in all states, but all states except New Hampshire prohibit the defense attorney from informing the jury about this option. The jury is just supposed to divine this information by inspiration.

In New Hampshire, a law was passed that allows the court to inform the jury of the jury nullification option.

In New Hampshire, on Friday September 14, 2012, a jury used jury nullification to declare Rastafarian Doug Darrel not guilty of a felony marijuana cultivation charge. The jury believed that punishing him for the offense would be unjust.

Darrel claimed he grew 15 marijuana plants for personal medicinal and religious purposes. His religion permits marijuana for religious purposes.

A little old straight-laced lady on the jury  stated she found him not guilty because she

knew that my community would be poorer rather than better off had he been convicted.

Due to the new jury nullification information law the judge read to the jury the following statement:

Even if you find that the State has proven each and every element of the offense charged beyond a reasonable doubt, you may still find the defendant not guilty if you have a conscientious feeling that a not guilty verdict would be a fair result in this case.

If this law applied to all states, as marijuana use is widespread and no more harmful than alcohol, with the majority of the population agreeing that it should be legalized, citizens would clearly find all those arrested for marijuana  possession and growing marijuana for medical or personal use not guilty. This would be a method that citizens could use to negate bad laws.  I’m all for it, despite the fact I never use marijuana!

For more information see the web site of the Fully Informed Jury Association here.

Dr Shelton asks U.S. Supreme Court to appoint special master to remove corruption in Circuit Court of Cook County

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On this site and in their pleadings before the Circuit Court of Cook County, the Illinois Appellate Court and the Illinois Supreme Court, Dr. Linda Shelton, Dr. Sheila Mannix, David Bambic, Milijana Vlastelica, Frank Epstein, Sandra Padron, Karyn Mehringer, Mic Gerhardt, Maisha Hamilton, Vernon Glass, Naomi Jennings, Annabel Melongo, Davy Cady and many others have shown that the Circuit Court of Cook County has allowed its judges to disregard constitutional rights such as due process, speedy trial, the right to petition for writ of habeas corpus, the right to receive notice and discovery before trial, the right to have enforced state laws as to trial and court procedure, and the right to confront witnesses against them and not have court decision made based on hearsay.

The extreme lawlessness that Shelton has documented on this site is now before the United States Supreme Court in three Petitions for Certiorari and for Mandamus and five more are in preparation. You can read them in the links at the end of this post.

In the pleadings that follow, David Bambic and Linda Shelton are asking the United States Supreme Court to review this extreme lawlessness that has caused wrongful decisions in their cases, but that also is so pervasive that hundreds if not thousands of divorce cases, orders of protection cases, criminal cases, probate cases, and child custody cases must be overturned or retried.

The state of anarchy in Cook County due to judicial ignorance, corruption, misconduct, arrogance, and maliciousness is so extreme, so harmful to children, families, the elderly, and innocent accused of crimes particularly whistle blowers who are being retaliated against, as documented in these three U.S. Supreme Court proceedings that Shelton has requested the U.S. Supreme Court to appoint a special master to review the policies and procedures of the Circuit Court of Cook County and to institute a judicial education and supervision program so that the right to petition for writ of habeas corpus, the right for a speedy trial, the right to compulsory process, the right to notice and discovery before trial, as well as other rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights including due process or following the statutes and rules of the state and the federal codes and rules are preserved and no longer violated pervasively.

Shelton now calls for Cook County Board President Tony Preckwinkle to fire Chief Judge Timothy Evans for failure to ensure that the judges in the Circuit Court of Cook County follow the Constitutions of the United States and Illinois and the laws of the State of Illinois and these United States.

We can no longer allow this pervasive, malignant lawlessness to run our courts in Cook County and be steered by the corrupt government officials and police officials that have been doing so.

U.S. Supreme Court Petition for Writ of Mandamust concerning refusal to hear petition for writ of habeas corpus and false arrest and conviction for filing a next-friend petition for writ of habeas corpus, as well as summary (no trial) conviction and sentence of 16 mo in jail for criminal contempt for filing the habeas petition as a non-attorney (the judge declared this illegal) despite the fact that Illinois law allows it: 735 ILCS 5/10 et seq.

The links to the Appendices for this petition (3 volumes)  is as follows:
 The supplement to this petition that was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court is as follows:
David Bambic’s Petition for Writ of Certiorari concerning a divorce case where he wrongfully, unconstitutionally, and unjustly lost custody of his children and falsely is accused of being dangerous to his children due to lies and hearsay from his drug addicted ex-wife, Catherine Wood, who was given custody, while the court is refusing to acknowledge that the Departmentof Children and Family Services invested the accusations against him by his ex-wife and determined them to be unfounded which proves the judge’s orders for custody and the divorce are illegal and void.
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