The president’s nullification power

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger

03/23/10

Among the most extraordinary powers claimed by both President Bush and President Obama as part of the post-9/11 ‘war on terrorism’ is the power to nullify — or ignore — jury verdicts of acquittal in federal criminal cases involving terrorism. Ever since the founding of the United States, it has been a fundamental principle of American criminal jurisprudence that the executive branch has the power to charge and prosecute people for criminal offenses while the judicial branch has the power to determine whether they’re guilty or not...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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We Refuse!
//www.lewrockwell.com/boldin/boldin12.1.html

Nullification!
//www.lewrockwell.com/lewrockwell-show/2010/05/03/148-nullification/

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States’ fights

The American Conservative
by Jeff Taylor

John C. Calhoun is back with a vengeance, warming the hearts of Old South romantics while chilling the blood of modern liberals. He conjures up images both appealing and appalling: old-fashioned patriotism, partisan demagoguery, genuine fears, love of liberty. The modern Tea Party movement owes much of its inspiration to the Ron Paul campaign, the only national effort in recent years to mention the Tenth Amendment. Yet inevitably talk of nullification evokes memories of Calhoun and the Lost Cause — even though the roots of the idea run much deeper. The re-emergence of nullification — the repudiation or ignoring of a federal law by a state government — poses an interesting challenge to the power of the federal government and its monopoly on constitutional interpretation... (for publication 07/01/10)

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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