Doubts about jury nullification

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January 31, 2014
The Daily Bell
by Wendy McElroy  
Posted in Commentary

"Under libertarianism, no one can properly exercise power over a peaceful person without that person's consent. This is especially true of power claimed by a collective or group because only individual rights exist, not collective ones. How, then, does the collective called a jury come to possess the right to sit in judgment on an unconsenting defendant? It cannot be argued that the defendant has relinquished his rights because he used force; the whole point of assembling a jury is to assess whether he is guilty of doing so. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty." (01/30/14)  

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