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Jury Nullification

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Jury Nullification
Karen Cummins
Master’s in Paralegal Studies, The George Washington University

Publication Month: 
August 2010

My name is Karen Cummins. I live in Beaufort, South Carolina and am currently the senior paralegal with the law firm of Ralph V. Baldwin, Jr., Attorney at Law, LLC. I am a NALS Certified Paralegal, with 30 plus years of professional experience. My education consists of a Master of Professional Studies from GWU, a B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration from Park University and an A.A. in Public Service and Paralegal studies. My expertise is in, family law, criminal defense, personal injury, and medical malpractice litigation. My affiliations include the SC Association for Justice and American Association for Justice. I am a member of the International Who’s Who of Professionals, the Pinnacle Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, National Association of Legal Staff, Legal Staff of South Carolina and the Hilton Head Legal Staff Professionals.


Throughout history, the role of a jury is to listen to the facts and apply them to community standards because there were no written codes to violate at that time.

Jury nullification or the rights of juries to make decisions based on their judgment and conscious has been a factor since the beginning of our country. Section II of this writing provides the definition of jury nullification. Section III discusses the history of jury nullification while Section IV relates to jury’s rights. Section V addresses the United States Constitution’s support of jury nullification and Section VI provides case law and articles regarding jury nullification. Section VII discusses jury nullification and the rule of law, Section VIII compares jury nullification to the case of Miranda v. Arizona, Section IX discusses the implications and recommendations to jury nullification and Section X concludes this writing.

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