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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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Go the F*** To Sleep: Bedtime Book for Parents

To cheer up exhausted parents with an over-energetic child or collicky baby, Akashic Books will publish Go the F*** To Sleep in October.

What do you think? Author A.J. Jacobs called it “the most honest children’s book ever written.” Adam Mansbach (The End of the Jews) wrote the book and Ricardo Cortes illustrated.

Here’s more from Amazon: “a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing off to dreamland. Honest, profane, and affectionate, Adam Mansbach’s verses and Ricardo Cortés’ illustrations perfectly capture the familiar—and unspoken—tribulations of putting your little angel down for the night, and open up a conversation about parenting in the process.” (Via Buzzfeed)