Notes Book

Jury Duty

The United States Constitution says: "The Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment, shall be by Jury."

Anyone in the United States who finds that this provision of our founding document is being violated has a civic duty to speak out, and take reasonable actions to resist participating in such a violation of the constitution.

If a jury member is prevented from having access to evidence, tools of investigation and research, or any available information about the case being considered, she is clearly being impeded from carrying out her constitutionally mandated duties.

Since the standard of conviction in criminal trials is "beyond a reasonable doubt", no juror who has been denied access to information about a case can logically vote for conviction. Similarly, the preponderance of the evidence standard of civil trials can not be met if a juror has no way of knowing that she has seen and heard all the evidence.

The thirteenth amendment to the US constitution states: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."

Clearly forcing jurors to serve on penalty of the full force of the law is slavery and every citizen has the duty to take all reasonable actions to resist participating in slavery.