Need a Little Something to Chill Out, Prof?

By LASIS Staff

In an op-ed in today’s New York Times, George Washington University law professor Paul Butler writes about “jury nullification”, or a juror’s right to vote “not guilty” if she thinks that the criminalization of certain actions is just plain wrong.  As Professor Butler explains, earlier this year, Julian P. Heicklin was arrested for handing out leaflets to potential jurors outside a courthouse about their right to vote “not guilty” for cases involving marijuana usage.

About his own advocacy in this area, Professor Butler writes, “Given that I have been recommending nullification for nonviolent drug cases since 1995  –  in such forums as The Yale Law Journal, 60 Minutes, and You Tube  –  I guess I, too, have committed a crime.”

Stuff and nonsense. We wager that Professor Butler well knows he has committed no crime, and that this is mere hyperbole.  See here for the straight dope from LASIS.


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  1. Ben J. says:

    Ha ha. I read this piece in today’s paper and thought “wow, it’s a crime to be writing this article then?”

    From what I understand from your earlier article then, Heicklin MAY be in a pickle because he was standing outside the courthouse and talking to actual or potential jurors for ongoing cases — but you think he’ll be OK. But this writer and professor is just making himself seem like a real OUTLAW — no chance of him being charged with any crime at all. Interesting.

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