A Strategy for Jury Nullification by Reason Magazine. On July 12, a jury in Laurens County, Georgia, found Bernard's client, Javonnie Mondrea McCoy, "not guilty" of the manufacture of marijuana and of possession of drug-related objects, despite his open admission that he had, in fact, grown the much-demonized plant. That follows on a similar victory last year in the case of Antonio Willis, who was lured into selling the equivalent of a few joints by an undercover cop. In both cases, Bernard emphasized the humanity of the defendants, of their roles as fallible, but decent people who didn't deserve to be ground up by the wheels of the penal system. Article 1, Section 1, Paragraph XI of the State Constitution (PDF) says that "the jury shall be the judges of the law and the facts." When Bernard (who is the Georgia contact for the Fully Informed Jury Association) read aloud this passage from the constitution in the courtroom, the judge cut her off, saying it was "not a correct statement of the law." I'm questioning how it cannot be a correct statement of the law when it's the exact words, in the exact same order as in the Georgia State Constitution.