The Trial Of John Peter Zenger Summary

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Works Cited Fissell, Brenner M. “Jury Nullification and the Rule of Law.” Legal Theory. 19 (2013): 217-241. Web. 26 Oct. 2017. Linder, Douglas. “The Trial of John Peter Zenger: An Account.” (2001). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1021258 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1021258. Web. 26 Oct. 2017. Heicklen, Julian. “Jury Nullification” Available at http://www.personal.psu.edu/jph13/JuryNullification.html. Web. 26 Oct. 2017. History According to the author Fissell, Brenner M., in the article “Jury Nullification and the Rule of Law,” published in the Legal Theory journal, Brenner states that “It is generally understood that nullification takes place whenever jurors refuse to apply the law to a given set of facts, but there are many different circumstances in which this might occur, and different motivations are at work in each. More precision is necessary.” Linder states that the word jury nullification is defined by the definition nullification, which states that to nullify something is to “render [it] of no value, use, or efficacy; to reduce to nothing, to cancel out (Fissell).” Jury nullification is much more common amongst criminal cases, but one may experience such a thing with a civil case as well (Fissell). Jury Nullification deals with an aspect of the publics overall acceptance on some aspects of the law (Fissell). The term community morality is used to explain the overall influence of a smaller geographic entity on a larger group (Fissell). In England, around 1670 is when there was the first jury nullification case between William Penn and William Mead, states author Julian Heicklen from the article “Jury Nullification.” It was not introduced to the United States until the 1700s, in the case of Zenger vs New York Governor William Cosby (Heicklen). Which now brings us to the first case, John Zenger. According to Linder, Doug with The University of Missouri at Kansas City- School of Law in the article “The Trial of John Peter Zenger: An Account,” published in 2001, Linder states that “No country values free expression more highly than does the United States, and no case in American history stands as a greater landmark on the road to protection for freedom of the press than the

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