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    Josie the Outlaw "The True Duty of a Jury"

    Another in a series "Josie the Outlaw" videos.

    Last edited by Fuller Malarkey; 12-21-2013 at 02:38 PM.
    Liberty is so strongly a part of human nature that it can be treated as a no-lose argument position.

    From the cop’s perspective, the expression “law-abiding citizen” is a functional synonym for “Properly obedient slave".

    "People are not born being "anti-cop" and believing we live in a police state. That is a result of experience."

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    Wow! Wow! Wow!

    Note: Do you remember the video "Talking to Police" by Professor James Duane of Regent University Law School? Guess who is the Executive Director of the Fully Informed Jury Assocation (FIJA). Yep. Prof. James Duane. Definitely check out

    And, hunt up and read on-line An Essay on Trial by Jury by Lysander Spooner. If you read just Section I, you will know more about the jury and its role that 99.7% of the people in this country.

    And, just a historical note. Trial by jury in this country traces it roots to king Henry II in the late 1100's. At that time, crimes were tried by the Lord of the manor in whose area the offense was allegedly committed. Henry wanted to extend his power. So, he sent royal judges on circuit to the manors and so forth to hear the cases. The judges commanded twelve men and true to testify to the facts of the case. The idea was that the locals would know the details, so the judges would require them to be sworn and tell him what they knew. For some reason, the number twelve stuck, and those twelve eventually evolved into the jury system we know today. My source for this information is a great book: Origins of the Fifth Amendment: The Right Against Self-Incimination by Leonard Levy. Its still in print in paperback. He won a Pulitzer Prize in history for it. Iif you read this book you will fully understand what it cost in blood and treasure and fight to obtain the right against self-incrimination. And, you will fully understand why its a right worth exercising and preserving. The history is amazing. Just amazing.

    Oh, the tie in to between the right against self-incrimination and jury trials is oaths. In Henry's time, in some circumstances the accused could swear an oath that he didn't commit the offense and that was the end of it legally speaking This was called the oath of purgation. Over time, things shifted to where the accused was denied the right to testify on his own behalf, even under oath. The rationale being that he would be too prone to lie even under oath. By the 1500's, oaths were used to pressure the accused into answering questions designed to ensnare him. In Tudor England, in religious cases, the accused was required to swear to answer all questions truthfully before he even knew what the questions were (notice the tie-in to today's right to know the charges/hear the indictment before trial). This oath was called the oath ex officio because it was administered often by church officials coming out of their office (ex officio) as church officials and becoming interrogators.
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    I'll make you an offer: I will argue and fight for all of your rights, if you will do the same for me. That is the only way freedom can work. We have to respect all rights, all the time--and strive to win the rights of the other guy as much as for ourselves.

    If I am equal to another, how can I legitimately govern him without his express individual consent?

    There is no human being on earth I hate so much I would actually vote to inflict government upon him.

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    ^^^^ Great posts.

    You can download Spooner's Trial by Jury on podcasts too I listen to a lot of Spooner and others while driving. Libravox recordings and they are all free.
    I am not anti Cop I am just pro Citizen.

    U.S. v. Minker, 350 US 179, at page 187
    "Because of what appears to be a lawful command on the surface, many citizens, because
    of their respect for what only appears to be a law, are cunningly coerced into waiving their
    rights, due to ignorance." (Paraphrased)

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