The Mises Institute’s Mark Thornton has an article today on how Colorado and Washington have in effect nullified federal drug laws by decriminalizing marijuana, and kindly recommends my book on the subject to his readers. He goes on to discuss the related issue of jury nullification:
J.D. Tuccille has pointed out that there has been a sharp increase in the number of “hung jury” trials in the United States, and the evidence suggests the increase is the result of de facto jury nullification. If that is the case and people are nullifying laws in large numbers across the country—and are unaware that they have a right to do so—then that is a very good sign. It means that a large and growing number of Americans recognize that their government and certain laws are corrupt and immoral and they are willing to disregard jury instructions from a judge.