This is an absolute must read for those who are truly interested in restoring our Republican form of Government lawfully, and peacefully from boots on the ground up. It is the absolute moral obligation and duty of free people to understand the power of Common Law Juries and how to use them. We can not rely upon a corrupt Congress to do it for us. We must do it ourselves by education and action.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1852, by
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts.
A classic work on law, Spooner argues that the decision of the jury is sovereign over the king’s law. FOR more than six hundred years that is, since Magna Carta, in 1215 there has been no clearer principle of English or American constitutional law, than that, in criminal cases, it is not only the right and duty of juries to judge what are the facts, what is the law, and what was the moral intent of the accused; but that it is also their right, and their primary and paramount duty, to judge of the justice of the law, and to hold all laws invalid, that are, in their opinion, unjust or oppressive, and all persons guiltless in violating, or resisting the execution of, such laws.
This volume, it is presumed by the author, gives what will generally be considered satisfactory evidence,- though not all the evidence,- of what the Common Law trial by jury really is. In a future volume, if it should be called for, it is designed to corroborate the grounds taken in this; give a concise view of the English constitution; show the unconstitutional character of the existing government in England, and the unconstitutional means by which the trial by jury has been broken down in practice; prove that, neither in England nor the United States, have legislatures ever been invested by the people with any authority to impair the powers, change the oaths, or (with few exceptions) abridge the jurisdiction, of juries, or select jurors on any other than Common Law principles; and, consequently, that, in both countries, legislation is still constitutionally subordinate to the discretion and consciences of Common Law juries, in all cases, both civil and criminal, in which juries sit. The same volume will probably also discuss several political and legal questions, which will naturally assume importance if the trial by jury should be reestablished.
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Additional essential educational material:
Corpus Juris Secundum (Grand Jury Manual)