Moral Justice: The Issue of Jury Nullification

Morris Jenkins, University of Toledo
David N. Baker, University of Toledo

Jury nullification is when a jury ignores the law during their deliberations. Several legal and social scholars have advocated the use of jury nullification to acquit nonviolent drug offenders, particularly if the defendant is a minority. This study looks to see under what circumstances college students would or not convict a sympathetic defendant when the evidence strongly suggests guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. A discussion of the use and impact of jury nullification will also be presented.

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