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As Los Angeles went to the polls for the statewide district primary elections, members of Occupy Los Angeles gathered in "Solidarity Park" (otherwise known as the lawn of Los Angeles City Hall on Spring St.) for a picnic and educational outreach action about jury nullification.

When asked what "jury nullification" means, one woman responded, "Juries can not be punished for their verdicts. When you sit on a jury, you have the right to vote according to your conscience and to judge the law being applied to the case."

As the march traveled, a woman read a public service announcement about this history of jury nullification: "Did you know that before the Civil War, juries often refused to convict people for helping slaves escape, even though they had clearly broken the Fugitive Slave Laws? And did you know that even before that, most northern states had outlawed slavery as a result of jury verdicts? Most important, did you know that jurors today have the same power to reject bad law as they had back then?"

Full story and photos: Election Day with Occupy Los Angeles: Know Your Rights Juror Education Rally by Los Angeles People's Media



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