Chapter 1 Textbook Notes

In cases that are tried before a jury jurors may

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In cases that are tried before a jury, jurors may refuse to return a guilty verdict even when the facts point to the defendant’s guilt, a process known as jury nullification The Concept of Law - Law as social control – subsistence before
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- A statute forbids the doing of an act in terms so vague that men of common intelligence must necessarily guess as to its meaning and differ as to its application violates the first essential elements of due process of law - State v. Metzger (naked in front of window; judge said exhibition of genitals was an indecent act which is prohibited; example of a city ordinance that was declared void for vagueness) - Law adheres to the principle of stare decisis , which means to abide by or adhere to rulings in previously settled cases - Mala in se crimes are those that are evil in themselves, such as rape, murder, robbery, arson, and aggravated assault - Mala prohibita crimes such as public drunkenness are considered evil because they are forbidden - Lawrence v. Texas (Lawrence and Garner were arrested for engaging in a sexual act; Court reversed a prior decision in which it had upheld a similar statute) - Marijuana is a schedule 1 drug (doctors cannot prescribe for any reason) - In California and a few other states, it is legal under state law to use marijuana for medical reasons with a prescription from a physician - Ed Rosenthal was convicted for growing marijuana - In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court held that Congress may enact to regulate the growth of marijuana by persons who use it for medicinal reasons - Some laws violate the right to privacy
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