This is an appalling misrepresentation of the protections for due process and trial by jury guaranteed in the Constitution, and hearkens back to the days in which English citizens in the American colonies listed their grievances against King George. The United States’ own Declaration of Independence lists “For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury” and “Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies” among the reasons why its signatories declared independence. To ensure such injustice would not occur in the United States, founders explicitly documented the rights to due process and trial by jury not only in the body of the Constitution, but in three of the first ten amendments to it, which comprise the Bill of Rights.
“The government is demonizing trial by jury. Killing people with drones is denying them of the right to trial by jury,” said FIJA Director Iloilo Jones. “Any action by government that denies us of the protection of a trial before our peers is tyranny. Death without due process is not only murder, but a declaration of war against peaceful and innocent people. Without the protection of the jury, we are once again at the whim of government, and our lives, liberty and property are allowed at the whim of some king or politician.”
Independent juries take the people’s fate out of the hands of government. The primary purpose of the jury is to protect individuals from tyrannical abuses of power by government. Jurors can protect their neighbors, and themselves in the process, by insisting that government rigorously prove a defendant is guilty before he is punished and by refusing to enforce unjust or unjustly applied laws.
“If Mr. Holder wants to call up the specter of World War II, we would do well also to remember that government used that same war as a shameful excuse to imprison unjustly over 100,000 Japanese-Americans without charge, trial, or any recourse whatsoever,”
About the Fully Informed Jury Association
The Fully Informed Jury Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit association dedicated to educating the general public about their full rights, powers, and responsibilities in delivering just verdicts as trial jurors. The organization publishes and distributes educational literature and maintains a web site at http://www.FIJA.org to inform the general public of their Constitutional authority to protect human rights by refusing to enforce bad laws. FIJA encourages all jurors to consult their consciences when deliberating over a case, and to refuse to enforce any law that violates the human rights of the defendant.
Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA)
P.O. Box 5570
Helena, MT 59604