jury nullification

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jury nullification

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Refusal of a jury to find a defendant guilty, even when the facts establish guilt, because of a conclusion that conviction would be contrary to some other concept of justice.
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18) As a matter of pure speculation, the First District commented that the acquittal could have been a jury pardon rather than a finding of no causation, as suggested by the defendant.
Inherent in this system is the potential for mistake, misunderstanding, and even jury pardons in the face of contradictory evidence.
21) With the adoption of such an instruction, unintended jury pardons might well be eliminated without negatively affecting the jury's general pardon power.