The power of III

Summum ius summa iniuria--More law, less justice

28 February 2011

Quote(s) of the Day 2/28

JOHN ADAMS (1771): It's not only ....(the juror's) right, but his duty, in that case, to find the verdict according to his own best understanding, judgement, and conscience, though in direct opposition to the direction of the court.

JOHN JAY (1794): The jury has a right to judge both the law as well as the fact in controversy.

ALEXANDER HAMILTON (1804): Jurors should acquit even against the judge's instruction...."if exercising their judgement with discretion and honesty they have a clear conviction that the charge of the court is wrong."

1 comment:

  1. I'd like to find myself sitting on Mr. Heicklen's jury! But don't look for this one to go to trial. - Dutchy