Point of Law: Juries Entitled to Ignore It the Power of Nullification Puts Activists, Jurists at Odds
Fred W. Lindecke Missouri Political Correspondent, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
YOU MAY HAVE missed this exchange during the closing arguments of the O.J. Simpson trial.
You can bet that Frank Nugent of Oakland, a member of the Fully Informed Jury Association, didn't.
Marcia Clark: "I've never seen counsel ask for jury nullification in this way."
Judge Ito: "It was very artfully phrased."
For a fleeting moment, jury nullification, a little-known but important point of law dating back to the Magna Carta of 1215, received worldwide attention in the Simpson case.
For an instant, Nugent's pet issue was in the limelight.
Prosecutor Marcia Clark was complaining to Judge Lance Ito about defense attorney Johnnie Cochran's …
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Publication information: Article title: Point of Law: Juries Entitled to Ignore It the Power of Nullification Puts Activists, Jurists at Odds. Contributors: Fred W. Lindecke Missouri Political Correspondent - Author. Newspaper title: St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO). Publication date: October 25, 1995. Page number: 5B. © 2008 St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.