Sotomayor Sees Larger Role For Jury Nullification

Law360, New York (February 8, 2016, 9:45 PM EST) -- Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said Monday that the Second Circuit's harsh view of jury nullification may be wrongheaded, and that there is a place for juries to make findings that contradict the law — a topic that came up in the context of Sen. Claire McCaskill's recent jury service.

Speaking to a packed auditorium at the New York University School of Law on Monday afternoon, Justice Sotomayor said juries are sophisticated organisms that could benefit from being aware of the option of nullification.

The Second Circuit, where Justice Sotomayor once sat, said in 1997 in U.S. v. Thomas that a...

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