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Jury Reaches the Verdict: We are the Guilty!

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They are good citizens, perhaps too good for a not-too-good government. They remind me of a light version of Victor Hugo's police inspector, Javier. Unlike Javier, none of them would commit suicide after reaching the verdict of not-guilty.

 

Getting a Gram of Justice by Accepting Tons of Injustice?

 

It takes me only a few minutes to plant multiple "reasonable doubts" in the minds of my fellow jurors. Besides, having ethical problems with the entire trial, I too have reasonable doubts regarding the charges. So, I am not fabricating doubts, but perhaps highlighting them. At one point, the chemist remembers the classic movie, the 12 Angry Men, but he makes us laugh since he cannot remember the title of the movie well and confuses it with some cowboy movies, which in turn reminds me my unfinished script for a movie I titled, 12 Hungry Men.

 

I am happy that I could influence and change the minds of the five jurors who had initially considered the "guilty" verdict. They now have reasonable doubts about the evidence provided by the State alleging constructive possession of the narcotic drugs by this homeless man.

 

I expect more. I want to turn it into a public information event and read our reasons for why we acquitted the defendant even if we did not have any reasonable doubt against the State's allegations. I wish that other jury members could show the courage to join me in reading the following explanation for reaching the "not guilty" verdict. Unfortunately, none demonstrate interest in jury nullification based on universal principles of justice and fairness that may override the written laws. They prefer to justify their verdict by following the narrow and shallow mazes in the cracks of facts and the laws about cracks.  

 

If the laws were really drafted by people's representatives without the unfair influence, corruption and interference of the interest groups and big corporations, perhaps it would be a different story. Most of the congressmen and senators we elect, the moment they end up in Washington they break their oaths and promises. What we have is corporatocracy disguised as democracy, and our "elected officials" need the support of big organizations, corporations and their media. Thus, I am not crazy about adhering to all the laws passed by our sausage-makers, especially when I know, without reasonable doubt, that some of those laws are unjust.

 

Invitation to Civil Disobedience

 

Well, here is what I wanted everyone in the courtroom hear. I hope that all Americans will hear, ponder and act on this invitation:

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EDIP YUKSEL, J.D. is a progressive American-Turkish-Kurdish author/philosopher/lawyer/activist (too many hyphens and slashes, I know). His recent English books "Quran: a Reformist Translation", "Manifesto for Islamic Reform", and "NINETEEN: God's (more...)
 
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