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Re: “GOP aims to criminalize homosexuality

The Montana Republican Party platform calls for formal recognition of jury nullification, the legal doctrine that recognizes that jurors may judge the merits of the law itself, and vote not guilty if their conscience so dictates. Unless the judge and prosecutor manage to stack the jury to eliminate people skeptical of the law, they couldn't even assemble a unanimous jury from the GOP platform delegates themselves, since one third of them voted against this. It takes a unanimous jury to convict, and even one juror may properly hang the jury to prevent a conviction. Basil

"Jury Authority

We reaffirm the principle espoused by our nation's founders that our court system belongs to the people, not the government. We recognize both the power and the moral obligation vested in juries to secure justice by judging both the facts of a case and application of the law itself. We support requiring judges to fully inform jurors of their constitutional rights and responsibilities."

Posted by Basil on 07/29/2010 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Climate unchanged

Interesting that this article never mentioned the Climategate scandal, in which evidence that the data had been cooked by global warming "scientists" was released.…

...Slowly and mostly unnoticed by the major news media, the air has been going
out of the global warming balloon. Global temperatures stopped rising a few
years ago, much to the dismay of the climate campaigners. ...

In mid-November a large cache of emails and technical documents from the
Climate Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia in Britain were
made available on a number of Internet file-servers for download by the
public--either the work of a hacker or a leak from a whistleblower on the
inside. The emails--more than 1,000 of them--reveal a small cabal of
scientists who, in the words of MIT's Michael Schrage, engaged in "malice,
mischief and Machiavellian maneuverings." ......


Posted by Basil on 01/02/2010 at 12:56 PM

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