This is possibly one of the most awesome stories I have heard in a long long time.
Potential jurors staged a “mutiny” during a felony drug case, a Missoula County prosecutor says, and authorities worry the result will be viewed as a game-changer when it comes to future attempts at prosecuting drug cases in Montana.
Nearly all 27 Missoula County residents during the jury selection process on Thursday told District Court Judge Dusty Deschamps there was no way they would convict anybody of having a couple of buds of marijuana.
“I thought, ‘Geez, I don’t know if we can seat a jury,’” said Deschamps, who called a recess…
…During the recess called by Deschamps on Thursday, Deputy Missoula County Attorney Andrew Paul worked out a plea agreement with the defense.
“A mutiny,” Paul told the Missoulian in describing the actions of the potential jurors.
“Bizarre,” said Cornell’s defense attorney, Martin Elison.
One of the most glorious transformations that could occur in our society today is for the public to wakeup and realize that juries have absolutely NO RESPONSIBILITY to convict anyone of any crime, even if they are completely guilty of the crime in question.
The State can not force any juror to convict anyone of anything. The entire purpose of a jury trial is to not only ensure that the case is arbitrated in a fair manner, but it also ensures that the State may not impose tyrannical laws on the public.
Learn more about your rights as a juror by reading this pamphlet.