- Associated Press - Thursday, March 27, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Alaska’s Department of Law has raised concerns with a bill that would allow defendants to question the merits of a law and urge a not-guilty vote by juries, regardless of the evidence.

Annie Carpeneti, with the department’s criminal division, told the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday that the bill would create for unfair trials.

The sponsor of HB315, North Pole Rep. Tammie Wilson, called the measure a check on government that allows the people to judge the laws. HB315 would put into law jury nullification, which is the ability of a jury to vote on whether they feel a law itself is right.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (https://bit.ly/1gFZOk4 ) the hearing was short, lasting less than seven minutes, and the bill was held for further consideration.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, https://www.newsminer.com

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