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AmericanJuror Spring 2005 in PDF


Dear Friend of Liberty:

Thank you for your interest in the American Jury Institute. This information will give you an overview of our purpose and projects. I hope that when you have finished exploring this site, you will decide to become a supporter. As I am sure you know, the highest and best function of the jury is not, as many think, to dispense punishment to fellow citizens guilty of breaking the law, but rather to protect fellow citizens from tyrannical prosecutions and bad laws imposed by a power-hungry government.

Juries protect society from dangerous individuals and also protect individuals from dangerous government. Jurors have a duty and responsibility to render a just verdict. They must take into account the facts of the case, mitigating circumstances, the merits of the law, and the fairness of its application in each case. The recognition of the authority and right of jurors to weigh the merits of the law and to render a verdict based on conscience, dates from before the writing of our Constitution, in cases such as those of William Penn and Peter Zenger. Should this right ever be suppressed, the people will retain the right to resist, having an unalienable right to veto or nullify bad and oppressive laws, and in fact then would be morally compelled to do so.

Jurors, as the representatives of the people, hold no personal agenda during any trial and most certainly not the government's agenda. Let us not forget that the prosecutors, judges, arresting officers - and the forensic investigators in most cases - are all a part of and receive their paychecks from government, with personal power bases to build and personal careers to protect through the "productivity" of successful prosecutions resulting in convictions. Jurors have no such stake in the outcome, and are, in fact, the only truly objective individuals in the courtroom.

The role of our jurors is to protect private citizens from dangerous government laws and actions. Many existing laws erode and deny the rights of the people. Jurors protect against tyranny by refusing to convict harmless people. Our country's founders planned and expected that we, the people, would exercise this power and authority to judge the law as well as the facts every time we serve as jurors. Juries are the last peaceful defense of our civil liberties.

AJI works to restore and protect the role of the juror, and the institution of Trial by Jury. We sponsor educational seminars for legal professionals, publish commentary, develop and present Amicus briefs when the institution of the jury is at issue, provide interviews to the media, speak at functions and in classrooms, and of course distribute educational literature. Our newsletter The American Juror is published quarterly. We articulate that the authority of the jury is the right that protects all other rights.

For more information, be sure to visit both of our web sites at and or call 1-800-TEL-JURY for a free information packet. Thank you again for your interest. I hope you will join with us in our work. To make a contribution for liberty today, visit our contributions page at where you can make a secure donation and subscribe to our newsletter. Thank you for your support!

For Liberty and Justice for All,

Iloilo Marguerité Jones
Executive Director



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The American Jury Institute and Fully Informed Jury Association (AJI/FIJA) is a nonpartisan public policy research and education organization located in Helena, Montana. AJI/FIJA focuses on issues involving the role of the jury in our justice system and the preservation of the full function of the jury as the final arbiter in our courts of law. The AJI/FIJA mission is to inform all Americans about their rights, powers and responsibilities when serving as trial jurors. AJI/FIJA works to restore the political function of the jury as the final check and balance on our American system of government.

To ensure public understanding of the power and function of the jury, AJI/FIJA hosts conferences and Continuing Legal Education seminars. AJI/FIJA publishes an extensive variety of educational and research literature, and answers queries from the public, scholars and legal professionals. As well, AJI/FIJA officers are often featured speakers and guest commentators in the press, where they discuss cases in which jury selection, information, or jury instructions had a significant role in the outcome of the case.

To maintain its independence, AJI/FIJA accepts no government funding. AJI/FIJA programs and publications are possible because of generous contributions received from individual donors, foundations and corporations. AJI/FIJA generates revenue through seminar fees and the sale of AJI/FIJA publications and materials. FIJA is a public policy nonprofit, tax-exempt educational foundation under Section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code.


Organization Profile


Julie Sheppard, Chairman

Don Doig, Vice Chairman
Margi Crook, Secretary and Treasurer
Phil Graf


Executive Director: Iloilo Marguerité Jones

Finances and Accounting: Darcy Kreamer
Publications and Editing: Iloilo M. Jones
Office Staff: Amber Freeman & Linda d'Arcy & Suzy Williams
Contributing Writers: Don Doig



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