I Need You for Julian Assange’s Fully Informed Jury

The US federal government is reportedly weighing whether to charge Julian Assange of WikiLeaks for something. I find that ridiculous. Julian Assange is only walking the talk of people like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Transparency reduces the space for genocide, corruption and other misdeeds. In the sphere of government, history cries out for greater transparency. Julian Assange and others in the nascent open source leaks industry are delivering. They are all heroes.

If he is indeed charged and brought to North America, the state court can not be relied upon to provide justice. I have been in US federal court. It’s a kangaroo court. There is a concept called a fully informed jury. This is a jury who are aware of the legal and historical fact that juries are able to judge not only the facts of a case (whether the defendant did something or not) but also the law (whether the law the defendant is charged with violating is just or unjust). This is also called jury nullification. While its legal history is long, for the last century state courts have squashed it. Judges routinely dictate to the jury how to do their job. They reportedly often do not even want jury members to find out about the concept.

Some of us are doing something about that. We hand out pamphlets about this historical right of juries so that juries can be fully informed and thus actually render justice. With that in mind, I have created a solemn pledge to do what is necessary to fully inform Julian Assange’s jury, should he be assigned one. Here is the pledge:

If Julian Assange is extradited to the United States, I will do my best to fully inform his jury.

If we reach at least 20 people, then we will fully inform Assange’s jury of their right to judge the law as well the facts of a case.

You can find out more at ThePoint.com. We still need two people. Don’t sign up unless you are really committed because your reputation will fall accordingly if you take, and subsequently do not honor, the pledge. Please note that this effort has absolutely nothing to do with the American Jury Institute (Fully Informed Jury Association).

5 January 2011
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