The Jury Box: Defender of Liberty
The Founding Fathers gave us one last check and balance against a tyrannical government: trial by jury and the concept of jury nullification. While a corrupt government may introduce unjust or unfair laws through the Legislative branch and then enforce them through the Executive branch, We the People retain the ability in the jury box to nullify a law we feel is immoral, unjust, unfairly applied, or unconstitutional. Jury nullification predates the United States, and has roots all the way back to the Magna Carta.

A jury that delivers a not-guity verdict on a defendant who has broken an established law therefore
nullifies that law for the case being tried. Since our legal system is based upon precedent, it then makes it possible for future cases to introduce the jury's verdict for the nullified case as a basis for acquittal, and a pattern of acquittals effectively makes the law null and void even though it may remain on the books.

When sitting on a jury, your duty is to judge not just the guilt or innocence of the defendant, but also the morality, the just application, and the constitutionality of the law that was allegedly broken. This job should not be taken lightly, and therefore your attendance at jury duty is vital to the preservation of liberty.

It is the responsibility for every American who is able to serve on a jury, and who is called upon to serve on a jury, to serve their public duty. Many people try to get out of their responsibility, but it is essential that not only do you serve, but you understand the importance of serving.

The Jury Box is the fourth -- and next to last -- box to use in the defense of liberty. An old saying goes: "There are five boxes to use in the defense of liberty: the soapbox, the mailbox, the ballot box, the jury box, and the ammunition box. Use them in that order."

The last recourse that We the People have to prevent a violent revolt and bloody revolution is to use the power of jury nullification that was given to us by the Founding Fathers.

This website is a project of
FiveBoxes.com. Its purpose is to get the message out to every American that We the People have the power, and that we need to start using that power before it is too late.

"It is not only [the juror's] right, but his duty...to find the verdict according to his own best understanding, judgment, and conscience, though in direct opposition to the direction of the court."

— John Adams, 1771


".....it is usual for the jurors to decide the fact, and to refer the law arising on it to the decision of the judges. But this division of the subject lies with their discretion only. And if the question relate to any point of public liberty, or if it be one of those in which the judges may be suspected of bias, the jury undertake to decide both law and fact."

— Thomas Jefferson,
"Notes on Virginia," 1782


"The jury has the power to bring a verdict in the teeth of both the law and the facts."

— Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes,
Horning v. District of Columbia, 1920


"Jurors should acquit, even against the judge's instruction...if exercising their judgement with discretion and honesty they have a clear conviction that the charge of the court is wrong."

— Alexander Hamilton, 1804

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