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Counting Your Blessings, Backwards

LAPhil Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 10:45 AM
Has the Supreme Court ever been overturned by a vote of the people?
InsightingTruth Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 11:18 AM
Thanks for your support Textor. Everything you said is correct.
Paulus Textor Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 11:08 AM
Juries are free to overturn unjust laws, even if those laws are approved by the black robed bandits of the Supreme Court.

Judges, by the way, routinely instruct juries that their sole duty is to judge the facts, not the laws. The judges are lying.
Paulus Textor Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 11:05 AM
I think "Insighting" is referring more to "jury nullification" than "state nullification." And the answer is a definitive YES--individual juries have the absolute and unquestionable right to JUDGE THE LAW as well as the facts. The jury is free to nullify the law in any given case; however, their nullification does not have the power of legal precedence.

Many famous cases of jury nullification occurred in the 19th century, when juries refused to enforce the Fugitive Slave Acts on moral grounds. Earlier, there was the famed Zenger case in which the jury found the defendant innocent of the crime of criticizing the king, even though that is clearly what he did.
InsightingTruth Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 10:59 AM
Yes. It happens all the time, but "overturned" is not the correct word. The correct term is nullified.

Ten, nine, eight… what do you appreciate? When life seems crazy or hopeless, count your blessings backwards—that is, find something to be thankful for in the midst of darkness. It is reverse psychology for adults.

Think of the most onerous regulation or politician in your life and find one reason you are thankful for this trial. For example, President Obama’s reelection could be an opportunity for you to develop a stronger character or feel greater motivation to achieve your goals. This is an uplifting mental exercise, particularly during Thanksgiving week. Here are a few more examples:

Challenge: Weak military leaders