How to Beat the Lawless, Laws Which Erode Freedom?
A sanctioned doctrine of trial proceedings wherein members of a jury disregard either the evidence presented or the instructions of the judge in order to reach a verdict based upon their own consciences. It espouses the concept that jurors should be the judges of both law and fact.
The traditional approach in U.S. court systems is for jurors to be the "triers of fact," while the judge is considered the interpreter of law and the one who will instruct the jury on the applicable law. Jury nullification occurs when a jury substitutes its own interpretation of the law and/or disregards the law entirely in reaching a verdict. The most widely accepted understanding of jury nullification by the courts is one that acknowledges the power but not the right of a juror or jury to nullify the law. Jury nullification is most often, although rarely, exercised in criminal trials but technically is applicable to civil trials as well, where it is subject to civil procedural remedies such as the Judgment Notwithstanding the Verdict.
Judges Wish No One Knew… Jury nullification is the source of much debate. Some maintain that it is an important safeguard of last resort against wrongful imprisonment and government tyranny. Others view it as an abuse of the right to a jury trial that undermines the law. Some view it as a violation of the oath sworn to by jurors.
Resources & Recommended Reading
Books by Judge Andrew Napolitano including:
The Constitution in Exile
A Nation of Sheep
The Case Against Lawyers by Catherine Crier
Give Me Liberty by Gerry Spence
Three Felonies a Day by Harvey Silverglate
Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Libertiesby James Bovard (New York: St. Martin's Press
Unfortunately, our national motto has become When in doubt…sue!
Ours is the only country that has never implemented tort reform, meaning anyone can sue you for almost any reason and it will cost you – even you’re innocent!
It’s been estimated that we pay on average 25% more for goods and services (especially true for the health profession) because of government regulation and legal costs.The vast majority of the TV lawyer ads seeking plaintiffs for their class action lawsuits result in nearly zero money for the plaintiffs and plenty of bucks for the lawyers.Indeed, the lawyers who sued big tobacco companies on behalf of states, reaped millions for themselves and for the states; however, the states promised to spend the windfall on education programs…in actuality, only one state did as it promised taxpayers.The other 49 simply blew the money on pet projects.
With the average lawyer charging nearly $200 an hour, it’s not hard to see how one can quickly go broke or become bankrupt when embroiled in any kind of legal action.
Institute for Justice
Founded in 1991, the Institute for Justice is what a civil liberties law firm should be. As our nation's only libertarian public interest law firm, we engage in cutting-edge litigation and advocacy both in the courts of law and in the court of public opinion on behalf of individuals whose most basic rights are denied by the government--like the right to earn an honest living, private property rights, and the right to free speech, especially in the areas of commercial and Internet speech. As Wired magazine said, the Institute for Justice “helps individuals subject to wacky government regulations.”
Simply put, we challenge the government when it stands in the way of people trying to earn an honest living, when it unconstitutionally takes away individuals' property, when bureaucrats instead of parents dictate the education of children, and when government stifles speech. We seek a rule of law under which individuals can control their destinies as free and responsible members of society.
America used to be the land of the free and the home of the brave.
That is no longer the case...
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Small Claims Courts Still Benefit the Little Guy
Small claims court is for the average person and one doesn’t require the services of an attorney to file such claims.
Maximum award amounts range from a paltry $2,500 in AZ to as much as $10,000 in CA.
Below you will find additional resources to make use of:
Guide to maximum amount you can sue for in small claims-State by State breakdown
Small Claims Frequently Asked Questions
Use the court form "SmallClaims Writ and Notice of Suit," JD-CV-40. Type or neatly print your information on the forms. ... Where do I go to file a smallclaims case? www.jud.ct.gov/faq/smallclaims.html
Unnecessary laws are not good laws, but traps for money.
Free PDF general guide to filing a small claims suit
The Three Liars of Society
There is no longer any stability in our legal system. Once our nation shifted from Natural and Common Law ideals to those of Political Law, no one can predict from one administration to the next what is permissible and what is not. Most recently, this, along with our uncertain tax laws has caused uncertainty among business leaders which prevents them from hiring.
Most larger businesses know doing business in America is a joke due to its constant court ordered mandates, unlegislated bureaucratic rules and other constant changes. In short, we’re always in a state of flux which causes turmoil in the markets.
Political law has also kept our God given rights in a state of flux. The government seems to think they grant us permission to travel, to do business, to write, publish or speak. Government at all levels is quick to deny those rights on the slightest, unfounded whim since 911 and the creation of the unPatriot Act.
America is the most heavily regulated society on earth and it’s been reported state lawmakers issue some 200 million laws every ten years. Collectively, we have more than 500 million laws, something no rational society can keep up with, but then again, our government is no longer rational.
As I write this a MI prosecutor has filed charges again a man for looking at his wife’s email without her permission. If convicted of this non-crime, he faces up to five years in prison and the flatworm of a prosecutor will get on TV in her indignant manner and chastise anyone who dare dream of performing this felonious act.
The legal system has ruined this country and discouraged business and job growth. There are many firms who will not do business in America because of our out of control legal system. No doubt you recall the time when all the states got together with a big law firm to sue Big Tobacco with the promise the proceeds would benefit children’s education. With one exception, 49 state governments lied to the American people and of course, the lawyers got rich and the states blew their ill-gotten gains on pork projects. You cannot trust a government based on political law.
What prudent merchant will hazard his fortunes
In any new branch of commerce when he knows not
That his plans may be rendered unlawful before they
Can be executed? --James Madison
The American Trial Lawyers Association is a very successful lobbying group.
As a result of their efforts, we are the only country in the world which does not have tort reform, a very costly mistake for American jobs and taxpayers. It also adds costs to everthing we purchase including our auto and homeowner insurance...estimated at 25% in higher prices.
When in doubt…Sue! The American National Motto
In a recent issue of our Poor Man Survival newsletter I wrote there are two basic laws.
Here's a reminder of what they are:
>>Do all you have agreed to do.
>>Do not encroach on other persons or their property
Since the 1930s, America has been falling into the Dark Ages of law. Laws vacillate in the wind, according to the whim of whichever party is in office. Politicians of both parties have sought to make us more of a democracy rather than a republic and this is something our founders absolutely warned against as majority rule is dangerous. Any sociologist will tell of the bandwagon factor which influences how people vote. Rarely does the individual look at the long term effect of any law and its true cost to society. Marijuana laws are a good example. No one ever got ‘juiced up’ on pot and went on a crime binge. History is filled with examples of folks who got drunk and committed crime, yet pot is bad and offenders fill our jails and penalize our community resources.
The Three Liars of Society include >Legislators >Lawyers and >Lobbyists.
No other group in history has done more damage to our Bill of Rights and Constitution.
As far as I’m concerned, Washington has sold our Liberty Bell for scrap.
Instead of common sense or common law, prosecutors and politicians now use the blackjack approach to hijacking our rights and undermining our system.
Protection of the innocent is no longer a concern. The law is strictly a punitive tool to enforce whichever behavior is no longer in vogue. In recent years just about everything has come under attack, from gun ownership and tobacco use to wearing a seat belt. Most of the time, it’s not for public safety, it’s to put more cash in government coffers.
As citizens, these government agencies and prosecutors are supposed to be working for us.
When they don’t perform, they need to be removed from office. Most of them seem to have forgotten they took an oath, they've forgotten the social contract they are bound by.
Politicians from both parties have bankrupted the nation and have violated our rights especially since the passage of the un-Patriot Act. The terrorists have won and the Washington-Wall Street Cartel is profiting from the so-called 'War on Terror.'
If our country were under external attack, we’d all race to the rescue...
Why aren’t we defending our freedom and rights from these domestic political terrorists?
In the US the sanctimonious maxim that “Ignorance of the law is no excuse’ puts every citizen at risk. This notion may have been a sound rule in simpler times, when the catalog of offenses was limited to traditional offenses…but it’s a sinister joke when applied to the 6 foot long shelf of criminal codes at the federal and state level. Moreover, no one today can rely on a straightforward meaning of the law as they have become twisted, subject to the whims of whichever prosecutor is in office becoming utterly arbitrary and deliberately unclear! In many respects, these prosecutors would be considered traitors under Colonial law.
I’ve included a link below to legal resources that are either free or low cost and which cover many areas of law. Although geared primarily to MI contacts, many of the resources lend themselves to folks in any state…use this as a starting point.
Pro Bono Legal Services
The odds of never facing legal action are not in your favor, after all, our country is run by lawyers and the American Bar Association is a big time Washington DC lobbyist.
Despite that, there are many lawyers willing to work on a pro bono (free) basis and you can find links to various services (even state by state listings) at the American Bar Association site.Keep in mind, many of these groups have income level criteria.You can also contact your state bar association directly (online search or use the blue pages of most phone directories.
Legal Services Corporation is a collection of more than 250 government supported local offices that provide free legal services in their area.Over 5000 attorneys and paralegals are available to individuals and families that are under certain income limits.To find an office near you, call them at: 202-336-8800 or check their site:
lsc.gov/fundprogram.htm provides a state by state listing…or try the blue pages in your local phone directory.
Have your civil rights been violated?The Rutherford Inst. Defends people who have been denied civil and human rights without charge.Parental rights, sexual harassment, religious freedom, civil rights are among the areas they cover.
www.rutherford.org or call 434-978-3888 in Charlottesville, VA
If you belong to a union, national trade association, fraternal organization or other national group, you’ll find they offer free or lower cost legal referrals. Keep in mind too that paralegals can offer services at much lower costs.For example, need a simple divorce or bankruptcy?Most paralegals charge about $200 and will offer filing assistance (but no legal advice).Use your local Yellow Pages to locate one in your area.