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Session Brief: SDAT, Elections 2012 and Yes We Can ... Use Jury Nullification

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Another High School Football Game today means another truncated Saturday Session, but with the past elections, there's plenty to discuss.  Coming up we'll follow up on the international elections observers.  Then we'll have an expanded conversation with Edward Forchion about his successful use of jury nullification.  That's ahead when Saturday Session goes live.


There's no telling when the show will actually go live, but the show will be ready.  If the game ends early at around 3 or 3:30pm CST, we'll hear Rosa Koire talk about Sustainability and Agenda 21, on the heals of SDAT's report being released.  Next week, Session hopes to get an update from Ms. Koire about the Springfield plan and how it aligns with other Agenda 21 Sustainability plans around the world.  You can read the report yourself online at  Listen to Session's conversation with Koire from earlier this year (mp3 download: part 1 & part 2).

We'll also hear the entire press conference from Thursday, where Springfield Mayor Mike Houston introduces the the new SDAT Action Committee.

Election 2012

4 more years of: endless war, predator drones, indefinite detention ... etc.ONLINE ONLY--Let's talk about the elections.  It's finally over.  Across the country voters performed the ritual of casting their ballots, however that may be (absentee, mail, electronic), and there's a lot to review. 

Firstly, read the blog post "The Establishment Won ..."  

There's a lot of optimism moving forward from one section of the population while others are filled with fear and trepidation.  What about some of us who sees the system as a farce?  Well, it's just another day-in-the-life of slavery incorporated.

But what about those international election observers.  Weren't they here to ensure our elections were fair and equal?

OSCE, remember those guys, well they had their Wednesday "day after election" press conference, as planned, and they revealed that, for the US elections, "[t]he general perception is things are free, with some little glitches here and there."  The head of the US Observing Mission from OSCE said the election is "yet another demonstration of the country's commitment to democracy"

Jose Soares said there were some glitches

[A]mong those concerns were the 'often negative role' played by private campaign financing and 'the avalanche of paid advertisements.' The body also noted controversial legislation on voter identification requirements and early voting, which it said had 'a tendency to reduce confidence in the process.'

There's something else glitchy ... OSCE's website is down at the time of this posting, but you can always check out the cached OSCE site here.  Read OSCE's final report at this cashed site.  A search of their reports doesn't show any mention of OSCE's visit to Springfield, Illinois, though we know they were here.

But not everybody is buying it.

There's another international group that is calling the US Elections a fraud and they predicted Obama the victor before election day.  Russia's Central Election Commission said:

Candidates were not granted equal access to the media, particularly to television debates, which were held exclusively between two candidates ... And we all know there were six candidates.

That same report also said that the US elections were the worst in the world.  It's claimed that RCEC is an arm of the Kremlin ... as others say OSCE is part of the UN ... either way, it's clear that our elections have serious problems ranging from accessibility to the ballot, media discrimination of third parties and electronic voting machines--to say the least.  But, regardless, the elections are done and the electorate will fall back to sleep. 

Yes we can ... use jury nullification

Weedman in the courtroom
Weedman in the courtroom 

To finish things up on a positive note this week, at 4:30p CST we'll air an extensive conversation with Edward Forchion, also known as New Jersey Weedman, about the war on drugs and jury nullification.  This on the heels of two states voting to legalize marijuana for recreation use.  

Forchion was busted with a pound of marijuana several years ago and took the case to the jury, not once, twice.  His defense of informing the jury about their role to judge not just the defendant but also the law (as stated in the New Jersey Constitution, the state where he was charged with possession and intent to distribute) won him a hung jury at first and then a 12-0 not guilty verdict.  

Be sure to listen, as we'll not only discusses the concept of jury nullification, as Mr. Forchion practiced it in court, we'll also discuss the implications of the war on drugs and how the prison industrial complex, or as Mr. Forchion calls it, the concrete plantation, thrives off the drug war.

That's all ahead with Saturday Session, on 970 WMAY, The News and Talk of Springfield. Be sure to check out the Saturday Session podcast page for the most recent podcast interviews.

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