Jefferson County Treasurer Mark Paschall presumes to tell jurors how they should go about their deliberations. From a story at FOX (yes really) —
The 61-page booklets promote “jury nullification” — a concept promoted by conservative groups that say juries have the right to not only decide guilt or innocence, but also whether laws are just and adhere to God’s law.
“You are above the law!” the booklet says. “As a juror in a trial setting, when it comes to your individual vote of innocent or guilty, you truly are answerable only to God almighty.”
Said Paschall: “I want people to understand the form of government that we have and the rights and freedoms that went before. If it raises eyebrows, I think it perhaps ends up waking people up.”
Some questioned whether Paschall has a right to distribute the material at a government office, and County Attorney Bill Tuthill said he was looking into the issue.
Riiiiiight! And since when was it the county treasurer’s job to instruct the jury anyway? There’s only one person whose job it is to tell you what to do, and you call them Your Honour.