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We, The Jury:
| Larry Dodge, co-founder|
|Fully Informed Jury Association|
This book is dedicated to the Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA), both to the organization itself and to individual members for their dedication to keeping alive the grand bulwark of all liberty, trial by jury. The primary goal of FIJA is to educate American citizens about their roles as jurors in the survival of the American constitutional republic; members, too numerous to name individually here, have placed their bodies on the firing line to stand against the tyranny in the courtroom that would oppress and destroy this great bulwark.
Out of respect for every citizen who has ever served with honor upon a jury, FIJA has proclaimed September 5 each year since 1991 as National Jury Rights Day. It was on that date in 1670 when twelve English citizens, pulled randomly off the streets of London, succeeded in putting down a panel of judges who had inflicted horrible tortures upon them, to advance eight basic tenets of the American Constitution, including freedoms of religion, speech, and peaceable assembly; protection from arbitrary trial by barring the attaint and ensuring habeas corpus; and establishing the superior power of trials by jury as guaranteed three times in the Constitution, by the Sixth and Seventh Amendments and in the judiciary article. The consciences of the twelve would not allow them to succumb to pressures of the court to convict a youthful Quaker, William Penn, of the "crime" of leading a "dissident" form or worship against the official state religion of Anglicanism. Every one of the jurors stood firmly by his position that: "Every person has a right to worship according to his own conscience," in effect formulating our First Amendment over a century before it was written down.
Although the Penn case is unique in its particulars, it is representative of conscience-driven juries that have served ever since.
Praise for WE THE JURY: THE IMPACT OF JURORS ON OUR BASIC FREEDOMS
"Lehman, who has published articles on juror's rights, is a firm believer in the ability of juries to render impartial verdicts based on their collective conscience. In this engrossing and well-researched study, he details twelve U.S. and English court cases to demonstrate the jury's power to preserve our basic liberties.
"For example, in 1735 a randomly chosen jury agreed with Alexander Hamilton's defense of journalist Peter Zenger against libel charges and affirmed freedom of the press. Minority rights were protected in 1925 when an all-white jury acquitted Ossian Sweet, an African American who had purchased a house in a white neighborhood, of conspiracy; and other jury verdicts advanced the cause of women's sufferage.
"Lehman shows that lawyers who pack juries with biased individuals are interfereing with justice. He argues against the use of jury consultants and charges that requiring perspective jurors to complete lengthy questionnaires not only is an invasion of privacy but also may lead to tainted verdicts."