Citizens as Sovereigns by Hugh Turley

Citizens as Sovereigns

Guest column by Hugh Turley

The United States leads the world with the highest percentage of its population in prison. Maybe it’s time to consider if it makes sense to incarcerate harmless people.

(Family Photo) - Sherita McLamore-Hines, left, and Malcolm Hines in a family photo.

(Family Photo) – Sherita McLamore-Hines, left, and Malcolm Hines in a family photo.

The recent case of Malcolm Hines, 40, is a good example. After being released from prison in 2007 for a cocaine-dealing charge, Hines has been an upstanding citizen operating a shoe store on Martin Luther King Avenue in Southeast D.C. He is a husband and a father.

His store had a string of burglaries and holdups; it’s located in a neighborhood plagued by 110 gun crimes in the past year, including assaults, robberies, and killings. His sister-in-law hid a shotgun in the shop for protection.  Acting on a tip, police found the gun and charged Hines with being a felon in possession of a gun. Now, after his conviction in October, he faces a minimum of three years in prison.

The conviction may make the judge and prosecutor look tough on crime, but dangerous criminals still roam the streets. While he was awaiting his sentencing, gunmen robbed Hines’ store — again.

Hines was not accused of harming anyone. Perhaps the jury should have considered if the community (not to mention the Hines family) is well served by putting him in prison? Is it a good law? Is the law being justly applied? Does the punishment fit the crime?

According to Hines’ wife Sherita, the judge instructed the jury that,

“If it is reasonable to believe that Mr. Hines knew there was a gun in the shop then you must find him guilty.”

adams_212Sadly, the jury was not fully informed about its role.  In 1717, John Adams said of the trial juror,

“It is not only his right, but his duty…to find the verdict according to his own best understanding, judgment, and conscience, though in direct opposition to the direction of the court.”

When a jury votes to acquit because it deems a law to be unjust it is called jury nullification. The history of jury nullification pre-dates the U.S. Constitution. In 17th century England William Penn, a Quaker, was charged with preaching an illegal religion. A jury found him not guilty in spite of clear guilt because they refused to punish him for worshipping God according to his beliefs. Freedom of religion and trial by jury were carried over to the American colonies.

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Jurors can act as sovereigns and affirm or veto laws of questionable value that lack public support. Even as far south as Georgia during the 19th century, juries acquitted whites for aiding slaves escaping bondage. And during Prohibition there was a 60% acquittal rate in alcohol prohibition cases.

constitution-burning

Citizens can veto tyrannical laws if a War on Terror turns into a war on the Bill of Rights. Jurors can act to protect the First Amendment “right of the people peaceably to assemble” by refusing to convict citizens arrested for protesting.

Juries serve to put criminals who harm others in prison. But they also guard against government tyranny. Shouldn’t defending constitutional rights rise above a judge’s instructions?

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This article appeared originally in the January 2012 Hyattsville (MD) Life & Times.  It is reprinted here with their permission.   See also “The Grand Jury” and “Jury Duty:  Time to Bring Back the Runaway Grand Jury.”

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Citizens as Sovereigns by Hugh Turley

  1. listening to the Viewers on CSPAN…discuss the Zionist {TERRORIST} “Jewish” agenda concerning Syria

    this morning…

    No one is saying anything positive about the “Jewish” agenda…..

    http://www.israelect.com/reference/Willie-Martin/

    The Sovereign Belief System

    https://therearenosunglasses.wordpress.com/

    The contemporary sovereign belief system is based on a decades-old conspiracy theory.

    http://historyrfd.net/isern/431/kahl.htm

    At some point in history, sovereigns believe, the American government set up by the founding fathers — with a legal system the sovereigns refer to as “common law” — was secretly replaced by a Jew government system based on admiralty law, the law of the sea and international commerce.

    http://rockthetruth.blogspot.com/2013/08/this-is-insanity.html

    The strange subculture of the sovereign citizens movement, whose adherents hold truly bizarre, complex antigovernment beliefs, has been growing at a fast pace since the late 2000s.

    http://www.givemeliberty.org/rtplawsuit/simkanin/FortWorthAd.htm

    Sovereigns believe that they — not judges, juries, law enforcement or elected officials — get to decide which laws to obey and which to ignore, and they don’t think they should have to pay taxes.

    http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-files/ideology/sovereign-citizens-movement

    CAST LEAD

    http://welcome-to-pottersville2.blogspot.com/

    oh Yeah…the Davidians were acquitted of the Charge of Murdering {Zionist/Bolshevik} ATF Agents

    http://snippits-and-slappits.blogspot.com/2013/08/syria-questions-that-must-be-answered.html

    Bashar al-Assad Reacts . . .”if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.” — Proverbs 1:10

    These are strange times. An Order of Battle is made public by one side of the conflict before the battle while the other side reacts publicly on the same day. How would Sun Tzu have reacted on this ridicule?

    Russian Izvestia published an impressive interview with Bashar al-Assad. Let me just quote a few remarkable sentences:

    http://www.roitov.com/articles/surya.htm

    “From the beginning of the crisis, the USA, the UK, and France have tried to get militarily involved. They tried to change the positions of China and Russia in the UN Security Council, but they failed. They failed to convince the world that this is an intelligent step. They can open a war, but they know neither how long will it be nor to which areas will it expand. They understand that they have no control on that. What is going on in Syria is not a popular revolution, but terror. Western leaders cannot tell their people: ‘We enter Syria to support terror.”

  2. the miracle of stupidity…

    http://adask.wordpress.com/

    To paraphrase the good book,

    http://www.smoking-mirrors.com/

    “We war not against clever and doomed fools in high and invisible places,
    but also against ignorant, low brow idiots in low places.

    http://kevboyle.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-book-of-mormon.html

    Those Condemning Syria Have Themselves Recently Used Chemical Weapons

    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/

    We condemn all use of chemical weapons…..especially TALMUDVISION…and “Higher Education”

    http://leftwing-christian.net/2013/08/27/911-truth-conference-to-be-held-in-washington-sept-13-15.aspx?ref=rss

    But the ZOG U.S. used chemical weapons against civilians in Iraq in 2004….for Global “Jewish” hegemony

    http://starkravingviking.blogspot.com/2013/08/un-monkey-with-hand-grenade-to-bomb.html

    Israeliars & Mass Murderers also used white phosphorous in 2009 during “Operation Cast Lead”. …

    http://www.roitov.com/articles/dream.htm

    TALMUDIA ratified Protocol III of Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons –

    http://blogs.forward.com/sisterhood-blog/#story-1

    which outlaws the use of incendiary devices in war – in 2007. So this is a war crime….

    as WAR is a CRIME for the Money Changers & Pharisees who “invented” the “Jewish” so-called

    RELIGION….in covinous collusion with their “PROGENITOR”….

    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/13753#.Uh3YZTgo7rc

    Read just one day’s anti-Semitic occurrences. It is head-spinning….

    mazel tov

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  3. thank you, yes.

    just trying to work on the logistics…

    meanwhile….

    http://whatreallyhappened.com/

    ZOG US Ambassador to TERRORIST “JEWISH” TALMUDIA Dan Shapiro addressed the possibility that the
    ZOG US will attack Syria on Friday…..

    http://forward.com/articles/183130/is-western-wall-prayer-platform-step-forward-for-w/

    “There’s no doubt that chemical weapons were used,” he fork toungued “Jewishly”…..
    hissing and writhing in a pool of venom oozing from a festering pilpul twaddle pus pocket located
    somewhere in his cranial cavity….

    http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/9443-kol-nidre

    “Any careful review of the pre-manufactured “facts” leads to the “JEW” conclusion that the regime was behind this.

    The ongoing deliberations in Washington are not around the question of whether chemical weapons were used or whether the regime was responsible…… http://hardylaw.net/waco.html….

    The deliberations are about what the appropriate response will be and there will be a response.”

    http://desertpeace.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/those-invisible-palestinian-children-in-a-disappearing-land/

    Speaking at a XXX Porn and Organ Harvesting Trade and Industry Club event in Tel Aviv,
    Shapiro noted that… “The use of chemical weapons on a broad scale against a civilian population
    appalled the world and shocked the conscience of every nation…..” lines from his comedy routine
    recycled from a show in the Catskills….

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4424231,00.html

    It’s a moral obscenity. ” <—–killer punch line, eh ?

    http://thewhitenetwork.com/2013/08/27/jewish-crypsis-religion-part-4/

    how smart are "Jews"….really ?

    http://mondoweiss.net/2013/08/israeli-embassy-is-now-buzzfeed-contributor-posting-alarmist-map-of-threats-to-jewish-state.html/

    But the issue is larger than this: what is being threatened by these items is not merely the shitty little pretend country "Talmudia" — but the worldwide Jewish community and TALMUDIC Judaism, which have completely attached their reputation and destiny to Zionism…..

    http://careandwashingofthebrain.blogspot.com/2013/08/jew-war-mongers-stage-another-false.html

    They have permitted themselves to be boxed in and controlled by whatever Israeliar TERRORIST regime might fly off the handle/{trigger} and into the JEWTOPIA fiery furnace —

    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/171448#.UiB_yjgo7rc

    and they seem to have left themselves no escape hatch…..

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