CONCORD, N.H. (Dec. 10, 2015) – Two bills prefiled in the New Hampshire State House for 2016 would require state courts to fully inform jurors of their right to nullify.
HB1270 would require state courts to instruct jurors as follows:
“The test you must use is this: If you have a reasonable doubt as to whether the state has proved any one or more of the elements of the crime charged, you must find the defendant not guilty. If you find that the law does not apply to the proven facts of the case, you must find the defendant not guilty. However, if you find, that the state has proved all of the elements of the offense charged beyond a reasonable doubt, but you find that based upon the facts of this case a guilty verdict will yield an unjust result, you may find the defendant not guilty.”
HB1333 has a similar intent to HB1270, but contains more in-depth instructions for state courts to instruct jurors including:
Until the 1800s, judges told the jurors of their right to refuse to enforce any law… When jurors refused to enforce the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law, judges dismissed them. Today, judges dismiss anyone who believes people own and have the right to manage their own bodies. Corrupt politicians keep making slavery laws that take away your…