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I appeared on the November 11, 2011 episode of George Whitehurst-Berry’s Crash! Are You Ready? to give a recap of some of the major facets of the AIDS scam, and share some of the developments in the past few months.

Escalation of the criminalization of so-called HIV transmission:
Canadian man, Johnson Aziga, was convicted of attempted murder for having sex with women without disclosing his status on the HIV tests that manufacturer’s admit can’t be used to diagnose infection with a virus.

A Minnesota man convicted of assault for allegedly transmitting HIV to his partner despite the jury admitting that he had informed his partner of his status.

For Berry’s other 32 interviews on the scam, see here.

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A right of jurors in all common law jurisdictions (UK, U.S., Canada, Australia, …), regardless of whether the legal system allows jurors to be made aware of it or exercise their right, is jury nullification. That is, the right of juries to find the defendant not guilty of a crime if they feel that the charge or penalty is unjust.

Historical examples of the effective application of this right include U.S. jurors nullifying laws requiring escaped slaves to be returned to their “owners,” refusing to convict on prohibition charges in the U.S. during the Great Depression, and in Canada, a jury refusing to convict a father for murder, who killed his suffering daughter with cerebral palsy, arguing that it was a compassionate killing (R. v. Latimer).

I was aware of this right in the past few years, but particularly delved into it earlier this year, finding support for it at the Supreme Court level of Canada and the United States. The first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, John Jay, wrote in his opinion in Georgia v. Brailsford (1794):

“[I]t is presumed, that juries are the best judges of facts; it is, on the other hand, presumbable, that the court are the best judges of the law. But still both objects are lawfully, within your power of decision.

Given that this statement was made by the first Chief Justice of the highest court in the United States, who was recognizing a common law principle of fundamental rights and justice, it is therefore precedent, which all subsequent Supreme Courts and all lowers courts are required to uphold.

The significance of jury nullification is that, in any case, a single juror can legitimately find the defendant not guilty based on the belief that the charge or penalty is unjust.

I therefore propose that this right be brought out of the shadows and into the minds of the wider community, and seriously pursued as a strategy in any current and future court cases involving unconstitutional, unlawful, and unjust acts of government against its citizens.

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