Two Stories from Digg

I saw two good stories on Digg today that you should read and digg up if you agree with me that they are important.

The first is another on the war on drugs. The linked article fictionalizes a jury room and talks about jury nullification and how we, when we are jurors, have the power to actually judge the law in addition to judging just the facts of the case. This is counter to what we are told by judges and counter to what a logical juror would believe:

“That’s because of the despicable Supreme Court decision in “Sparf and Hansen vs. The United States in 1895.” John Straun said. “That decision said juries have the right to judge the law, but that a judge doesn’t have to inform juries of this right. Cute, huh? And guess what happened after this decision? Judges stopped telling juries about their rights.”

The second piece linked to is from yesterdays New York Times titled “You are What you Grow“. This article talks about how farm subsides actually end up subverting market forces and make the most healthy foods the most expensive, which you all know is killing our citizens daily by filling us up with fat and cholesterol. Fascinating and sad…