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Jury Independence Booklet: Kickstarter Project of the Week

Illustrator Ricardo Cortes hopes to raise $3,000 on Kickstarter to distribute a free booklet urging jurors to consider voting not guilty in nonviolent “drug-war trials.”

Cortes has made headlines as the illustrator of the bestselling Go the F**k To Sleep and for publishing a children’s book about marijuana. If he reaches his funding goal, he will distribute the booklet outside the Brooklyn Division of Jurors.

Here’s more about the jury booklet: “A jury can nullify a law it believes unjust in a process called Jury Nullification–it’s our power to judge the law, and not just evidence. And when might this special power be used? It could be applied to all drug-related charges decided by a jury. Finding a defendant guilty must be by unanimous jury vote. One vote of not guilty destroys a drug war trial ...  With your support, I plan to print 3000 booklets to give away to potential jurors; your pledge will only be taken if the full fundraising goal is reached.”

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