“Mr. Heicklen, who could face a six-month sentence if convicted, has asked for a jury trial. Ms. Mermelstein, opposing that demand, cited as one reason Mr. Heicklen’s ardent stance that juries should nullify. He would probably ‘urge a jury to do so in a case against him,’ she wrote. “
A man arrested for handing out pamphlets marked “Jury Info” is may be denied a trial for his beliefs by this disgraceful prosecutor, Rebecca Mermelstein, and faces a six months sentence. Do you need another example of how this country is no longer free?
Julian P. Heicklen, a 79-year-old retired chemistry professor, has often stood on a plaza outside the United States Courthouse in Manhattan, holding a “Jury Info” sign and handing out brochures that advocate jury nullification, the controversial view that if jurors disagree with a law, they may ignore their oaths to follow it and may acquit a defendant who violated it.
“A law repugnant to the Constitution is void.” This was established in Marbury v. Madison, 1803, by Chief Justice John Marshall. According to constitutionfacts.com, “Hereafter, the Court was recognized as having the power to review all acts of Congress where constitutionality was at issue, and judge whether they abide by the Constitution.” It is our duty as Americans to oppose unconstitutional laws.
Then, last year, federal prosecutors had Mr. Heicklen indicted, charging that his activity violated the law against jury tampering. Lawyers assisting him have sought dismissal of the case on First Amendment grounds.
But now prosecutors are offering their first detailed explanation for why they charged Mr. Heicklen, arguing in a brief that his “advocacy of jury nullification, directed as it is to jurors, would be both criminal and without Constitutional protections no matter where it occurred.”
“His speech is not protected by the First Amendment,” prosecutors wrote.
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