Race-Based Jury Nullification

Join Ray Suarez for a discussion of the principle of jury nullification. English Civil and Common Law has always had a provision that allows a jury to acquit an individual it believes to be guilty as a protest of the way the case was handled. Now, some law scholars are agitating for wider usage of this provision as a political message. Should external factors...like race...make a difference in the outcome of a trial? We'll hear the pros and the cons of jury nullification on the next Talk of the Nation. Guests: Paul Butler Former Special Assistant District Attorney District of Columbia Associate Professor George Washington University Law School Author Racially Based Jury Nullification: Black Power in the Criminal Justice System, Yale Law Journal, December 1995 Darrell Jackson Former Assistant U.S. Attorney District of Columbia Arnold and Porter Law Firm Washington D.C. Listeners call in

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