The Volokh Conspiracy
‘If you do not have a reasonable doubt … then you will enter a verdict of guilty’
By Eugene Volokh December 30, 2014
From the Kansas Supreme Court’s decision in State v. Smith-Parker (Kan. Dec. 24, 2014):
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The [jury] instruction read: “If you do not have a reasonable doubt from all the evidence that the State has proven murder in the first degree on either or both theories, then you will enter a verdict of guilty.” (Emphasis added.) According to Smith-Parker, the instruction should have been identical to the general reasonable doubt instruction that was also given. That instruction said: “If you have no reasonable doubt as to the truth of each of the claims required to be proved by the State, you should find the defendant guilty.” (Emphasis added.) …
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Note the nuance that the Big Gooferment uses to keep “We, The Sheeple” ignorant of their right to judge the law.
That’s why I never get on a jury.
Remember: No victim; no crime.
Vice, drugs, etc. etc. — if they can’t show blood or treasure lost, then not guilty.
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