Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Right Way to Amend the Constitution, part 14

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This is part fourteen of an ongoing series of articles containing my proposals for amendments to the Constitution. For someone who claims so fervently to be a “Constitutionalist”, how is it that I can be so eager to change the Constitution? Well, there are several reasons. For one thing, I believe that after the Bill of Rights, much damage was done by some of the amendments that were added and the legitimacy of some of their ratifications are questionable. Secondly, the Constitution has been violated so much that the necessity of further amendments is needed to resolve the resulting problems. But this should be done extremely cautiously. My amendments are extremely unlikely to ever be introduced, much less ratified, but hey, I can dream, can’t I?

Here is my fourteenth proposed amendment (subject to revision):

Section 1: In all criminal prosecutions and Suits at common law, the right of the jury to judge the law and well as the fact of the matter shall not be infringed.

Section 2: The jury shall be informed of the right to nullify the law before any such case shall proceed.

Section 3: No Person shall be compelled against their will to serve on a jury and all jurors shall receive just compensation for performance of their duties.

Commentary on this proposed amendment:

This would help to keep big government from enforcing unjust laws. We live in a day and age when laws are passed by legislators who do not even read their content. I believe that we already have these rights, but since they are being violated, it is good to explicitly place them into the Constitution.

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