The Law You Won’t Be Told (Jury Annulment)
Annulment of the jury is the power granted to a jury to announce an accused as “not culprit”, even if the jury knows that the accused is guilty to the eyes of the law.
“Annulment of the Jury takes place when the guilt is established, but the jury decides to absolve to his own sense of the justice, the property, the prejudice, or any other feeling or worry”. Randall Kennedy, Race, Crime, and the Law (1997)
THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. A jury decides whether or not the accused broke the law, but have no say on the length of sentence. Most people also believe that a jury has only two strict options to pick from; ‘guilty or not guilty IN THE EYES OF THE LAW’.
The power of annulment was given to the jury to avoid unjust and prejudice judgments, avoiding excessive sentences, which is plaguing America.
Annulled cases are subjected to double jeopardy laws, meaning the accused cannot be re-tried for the same crime, regardless of whether the judge feels they should be punished. It is the proper way for the jury to say “We do not agree with the law.”