On March 15th, the NH House passed HB 146, the jury nullification bill.
While Lawyers representing the defendant are already allowed to bring up the topic of jury nullification and jury nullification flyers are frequently handed out to potential juries in several places around NH including the Keene District Court and the court in Grafton County, that is not good enough. This bill goes a set beyond just allowing lawyers to bring the subject up. It tells judges to inform the jury of the right to jury nullification.
This bill states that in all criminal proceedings the court shall instruct the jury of its inherent right to judge the law as well as the facts and to nullify any and all actions they find to be unjust. The court is also mandated to permit the defendant or counsel for the defendant to explain this right of jury nullification to the jury.