Lysander Spooner

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Rodger is a long-time libertarian activist, the founder of PaxLibertas Productions, host of The LAVA Flow podcast, Vice Chairman of the NHLP, Regional Captain for the Foundation for New Hampshire Independence and former Chairman and Secretary of the Libertarian Party of Arkansas. Rodger has also served on the national Libertarian Party Judicial Committee.


  • Lots of people will say that Taxation is Theft, and that it may even be slavery, but others still disagree. Chodorov has said it is robbery. Nozick says it is like forced labor. What do you think? What are you favorite sources on this?

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  • I was pleasantly surprised this morning to wake up to news that Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, currently the only SCOTUS justice who has ever presided over a jury trial, spoke favorably yesterday about jury nullification and about jurors being informed of this option. Details here: SCOTUS Justice Sotomayor Favors Jury Nullification

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  • Throughout the year, FIJA will regularly share On This Day in Jury History features, corresponding with the dozens of items on our 2016 Jury Rights Calendar that we do not have room to discuss in detail in print. I thought I’d start a new thread where I can share these items for discussion.

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  • We have BIG NEWS this week from the Supreme Court in the case of Hurst v. Florida. By a 7-1-1 vote—in fact, even overruling two of its own prior rulings—the Supreme Court of the United States has upheld the jury as the sole fact-finding authority in capital sentencing. Specifically, the Court found that the Florida capital sentencing scheme, in which the judge is the one whose job is “to make the critical findings necessary to impose the death penalty”, violates the Sixth Amendment, in light of its own ruling in Ring v. Arizona (2002) requiring that the jury find the aggravating factors if the death penalty is to be imposed. Details here:

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  • As part of its educational mission, FIJA sometimes files amicus curiae briefs in cases where matters of the jury are at issue. That is currently the case in the appeal of Noah Kleinman, convicted by a severely-bullied jury that was effectively instructed by the judge to convict him. Read about the case and FIJA’s amicus brief here: Many thanks to FIJA Advisory Board member Dr. Roger Roots, who wrote and submitted this brief on our behalf, pro bono, and on very short notice right before Thanksgiving (technically the morning of in our time zone). We are currently putting together a network of attorneys who would be willing to help FIJA pro bono with such things as: —filing amicus briefs on jury-related matters —filing for injunctions against arrests of juror rights educators for exercising their First Amendment rights by handing out FIJA literature at courthouses —defending juror rights activists arrested for exercising their First Amendment rights by handing out FIJA literature at courthouses in accordance with FIJA guidelines If you would be interested in volunteering yourself for this kind of very occasional activity, please message me here or email me [email protected] Our entire annual budget is less than the average salary of a single attorney, so we are very grateful for any help you can provide in this area, particularly as judges and prosecutors become more aggressive in trying to quash the use or even knowledge of the right of conscientious acquittal.

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