Get informed
The most important thing you can do is to inform yourself with as much information as you can about jury nullification. The more information you know, the better equipped you'll be to be a good juror, and the better you'll be able to inform others.

Register to vote
The jury pool is made up of registered voters, so you cannot serve on a jury unless you're registered to vote. If you're not registered,
find out how. Then encourage others who are not registered to do so.

Serve on a jury, and encourage others to do so
Many people try to get out of jury duty and make up some excuse why they can't go. This ensures that some of the best potential jurors never wind up on a jury, especially if these people are aware of jury nullification. Don't be one of those people! If you get picked to go to jury duty, go! And if you talk to someone who is picked, encourage them to do the same. (After informing them of the right and responsibility of the jury to judge the law and the facts of the case, and nullify the law or its application where appropriate.)

Inform others
Family, Friends, and Neighbors
Bring jury nullification up whenever you can. Use current events as cases where jury nullification should have been applied. Spreading the word with people you know doesn't just help the word get out, it also helps you get more comfortable talking about jury nullification so that you can talk to others.

Talk Radio
Talk radio shows, whether local or syndicated national, provide an excellent opportunity to get the word out. Email the host, or try to get on the show and talk about jury nullification. Be polite, be courteous, and never lie to the call screener. Stay on topic with what the show is talking about, or call during an "open phones" segment.

Incoming Jury Pool
In
US v. Grace in 1983, it was decided that the sidewalks around a courthouse are a "free speech zone." Find out when incoming jurors are supposed to be at the courthouse and where their entrance is. Then bring along some of the materials from the Resources section of this site and hand them out to the incoming jury pool. Be polite and do not break any laws. You may be hassled or threatened with a charge of "jury tampering", but it is unlikely that anything will happen. After all, it would mean telling the jury all about why you were there in the first place: to inform juries about jury nullification. And since your leaflets would have to be given to the jury trying your case as evidence, it is unlikely that any prosecutor would pursue a court case against you.

You can also hand out jury information literature --
such as our informational handout and nullification calling cards -- at your local polling place on election day. The jury pool is made up of registered voters, so there is no better way of getting information into the jury pool's hands than to take some materials with you when you go to vote. Since no ballot issue, candidate, or party affiliation is on any of these materials, you can freely -- and legally -- distribute them at the entrance or exit of a polling place. A few extra minutes handing out materials when you're going to vote can make a huge difference.

Fellow Jurors
If you've been selected for a jury pool, you'll have to keep your knowledge of jury nullification to yourself until you're deliberating with your fellow jurors. (Though, since you're under oath, you should never conceal this knowledge if asked by an attorney or judge.) Once in the jury room, you are free to discuss whatever you want... including jury nullification.
The Nullification Calling Cards are a great thing to carry in your pocket and pass out to others.

Complete Strangers
If you happen to strike up a conversation with a stranger — in a bar, at a restaurant, at the bus stop or at an airport — and the opportunity presents itself, be sure to bring up the topic. Tell people about their right and responsibility. Give them a
Nullification Calling Card or tell them about this website. The jury they sit on some day may be the one hearing your case.

"But we all know that permanent judges acquire an Esprit de corps; that being known, they are liable to be tempted by bribery; that they are misled by favor, by relationship, by a spirit of party, by a devotion to the executive or legislative power... It is in the power, therefore of the juries... to judge the law as well as the fact."

— Thomas Jefferson, 1789


".....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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