Curt Chancler Archive
Curt Chancler began a small business in 1972 that is still open today. In 1997, he cofounded a conservative government watchdog group that created an active court watch program that logged over seventeen hundred hours accumulatively by its membership of the courts of southern Oregon. The lion’s share of time from 1997 until now has been in the self-education of the Constitution, Law, Administrative Rule and government. “One of the most rewarding parts of the last thirteen years,” says Chancler, “has been my involvement in citizen activism and playing a small role in assisting the US Observer in its quest to hold government accountable to the people.” Email this author.
Written in 2004 exclusively for the US~Observer, “Jury Rights! Jury Nullification” became an Internet sensation and a regularly referenced work regarding the true responsibilities of a jury. Now, almost 10 years later, much has happened that further compromises the jury system.
Our courts have systematically stonewalled juries when it comes to the knowledge of their right to decide not only the case but the law. Even Black’s Law Dictionary (Sixth Edition) defines “jury” as “a certain number of men and women selected according to law, and sworn to inquire of certain matters of fact, and declare the truth upon evidence to be laid before them.” Informed jurors must educate themselves to prevent this from happening. Schools do not teach the Constitution of the United States on even the most rudimentary level, much less the rights and duties of a juror.
History shows us that great minds throughout the ages realized that every free governing body must have three powers to exist:
Legislators to create laws.
An executive branch to enforce the laws.
And a judicial branch to adjudicate violations of those laws.
The Magna Carta, or the Great Charter of 1215, was the first significant recognition of the importance of separation of powers and the right of a trial by a jury of your peers. Almost 500 years later, in 1748, French philosopher Baron de Montesquieu published his theory on the separation of powers. Montesquieu is credited with denoting separate functions of government as legislative, executive and judicial.