Posted: April 8th, 2004 by Militant Libertarian
by Kenneth Prazak
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury:
“I consider trial by jury as the only anchor yet imagined by man by which a government can be held to the principles of its Constitution.” So said Thomas Jefferson. Let me repeat that. I consider trial by jury as the only anchor yet imagined by man by which a government can be held to the principles of its Constitution.” Our founding fathers understood that the reason we have trial by jury in this country is to allow the people to be the last arbiter of the law as it applies in a specific case. You, here, sitting in the jury box right now have more power than a king or a queen, more power than the president of the United States. You, here, are the law.
We have a great heritage in this regard. Our right to free speech, free assembly, and freedom of religion, and trial by jury dates back to 1670, in a case tried by jury in jolly ole England, the famous and historically pivotal case of William Penn–yes the same William Penn who eventually founded Pennsylvania.
This is an excellent treatise on the power of a jury and our last vestige of freedom in this country… to read the rest, go here: http://www.strike-the-root.com/4/prazak/prazak2.html
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