Jury Nullification Posts

Second Circuit to Decide on Jury Nullification

Nullifying Nullification: Will the Second Circuit Prohibit a Defendant’s Jury Nullification Defense?: (“A petition for a writ of mandamus currently pending before the Second Circuit has reignited an ancient debate over jury nullification—specifically, whether a jury may ever be informed of its power to nullify. In United States v. Manzano, the government has asked the Court of Appeals to command District of Connecticut Judge Stefan Underhill to: (1) bar defense counsel from arguing for jury nullification; and (2) preclude any mention of the applicable mandatory minimum sentences, which mention might itself prompt the jury to nullify.”)