Man Arrested, Charged with Multiple Felonies for Telling Jurors About Their Rights

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  1. poncho

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    Last week, a Denver man was arrested and charged with multiple felonies, but not for stealing, committing fraud, or engaging in violent crime. He was targeted for attempting to educate jurors about their rights in the courtroom.

    Mark Ianicelli, 56, set up a table outside of Lindsay-Flanigan Courthouse in Denver in order to educate jurors about jury nullification. Jury nullification is the process by which members of juries can nullify unjust laws by finding defendants charged with them not guilty.

    Ianicelli is charged with tampering with a jury, a felony in Colorado that carries a minimum bond of $5,000. He was charged by the Denver District Attorney for seven counts of tampering, and has since bailed out of jail. Ianicelli was in the second day of a planned three-day outreach to educate jurors entering the courtroom about the power of jury nullification. He was handing out fliers when he was arrested. His goal was to inform potential jurors about a vital, centuries-old function of juries.

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    -Updates on Mark Iannicelli Arrest for Jury Nullification Education

    Since the Denver DA issued a press release on the arrest last week of Mark Ianicelli for handing out jury nullification flyers, I gave the contact person listed therein a call this morning to see about getting more information on the case. She forwarded me the Complaint and Information as well as the Probably Cause Statement, which we now have available for anyone to look at on a special page we’ve set up for this case.

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  2. JohnDeereFan

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    Thanks for the heads up. Jury nullification is a very important tenet in our republic and I've always wondered why jurors are not properly educated before they're asked to sit on a jury.

    I don't see how the charges can stick, since he was on public property and giving his materials to the public, not targeting jurors. But, this is Barack Obama's Amerika now, where the government rules through fear and intimidation and just the sight of this guy getting arrested and the trouble he's going to have fighting this will have a chilling effect.
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