Tom McCain is a retired Air Force master sergeant. He is also a retired Georgia peace officer, retiring as the chief deputy of Johnson County. He is now the executive director of Peachtree NORML and fights to end the injustices caused by marijuana arrests in Georgia. He has vowed to end marijuana prohibition in Georgia.
LAURENS COUNTY, GA—Last month I watched a trial jury do the right thing and let a defendant go free—despite the fact that, by the strict letter of the law, the man was guilty. It was an uplifting experience. I want to share it with marijuana reform advocates and anyone else who cares to read it.
I’m elated about it from the perspective of an old cop turned marijuana legalization advocate.
At issue is jury nullification, which occurs when a jury returns a not-guilty verdict despite its belief that the defendant is guilty of the violation charged. The jury in effect nullifies a law that it believes is either immoral or wrongly applied to the defendant whose fate they are charged with deciding.
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