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JURIES. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. Amends constitution to provide that "Whenever state or local government is one of the parties in any trial by jury, the court must inform the jurors that in addition to their responsibility to judge the facts of the case, they have the inherent right to judge the law itself." Declares the purpose of amendment to be to affirm the jury right to determine if laws applicable are unjust or misapplied, and to vote according to conscience. Provides that affected juries shall be allowed to hear evidence concerning the defendant's motives. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: The fiscal impact is unknown because it is not possible to predict how the measure would change jury decisions.
Judy Osburn, Star Route 1, Box 165, Maricopa, Ca 93252 (805) 835-2062
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Juries. California Initiative 530 (1991).