It means if a law foisted on us by our authoritarian ruling class is unconstitutional, morally wrong, incorrectly applied, or just plain stupid the jury can rightly acquit the defendant.
If the ruling class and the lawyering industry had their way the traditional idea of a "jury of one's peers" would be replaced by a copyright-protected software program.
"No Jury necessary! No more wasting time with voir dire! This State-Of-The-Art Judicial Package is Pre-Programmed to Precisely Determine the question of Guilt or Innocence! Its memory comes Fully Loaded with every Law ever written, altered, amended, revoked, repealed, upheld, overturned, or otherwise adjudicated in the United States of America since the Ratification of the Constitution."
"Every decision, opinion, argument and precedent ever rendered – International, maritime, commercial, federal, state, criminal, misdemeanor, civil, and village code violation – is pre-loaded in the system's massive database."
"After the prosecutors have paid off all of their jailhouse snitches, false witnesses and sketchy forensics charlatans with taxpayer money while scoring political points for future promotion, after the defense lawyers have overpaid their professional expert witnesses, put on a courtroom show while overbilling their sucker client and setting themselves up for late night TV shows and book deals, after the Judge has preened for the courtroom cameras – it's time for The Instant Verdict!"
"Reaching a verdict with PeersJury1.0 is as simple as One + Two = Decision! Here's all the judge has to do:"
"1. Enter the name of the law that was allegedly broken. Don't worry; you don't have to be exact. Just enter a few Close-Enough Words. With the Hundreds of Millions of laws currently in force in the United States PeersJury1.0 is guaranteed to find at least one that fits your description or your money back!"
"2. Check the YES/NO box following the question Did Your Perpetrator Break This Law?"
"PeersJury1.0 will 'Deliberate' by comparing your Perp's actions against every possible law on the books and render an animated flashing Guilty or Not Guilty Verdict!"
If that's all there was to it we wouldn't need a jury; a computer would suffice.
Thankfully, for whole categories of people such as Salem witches, runaway slaves, self-defense shooters, prohibition-era drinkers, striking union workers and marijuana users, we have juries.
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