Does a jury have the power to find me not guilty no matter how strong the evidence is?

Jurors—not prosecutors, judges, or police officers—have the ultimate power to decide guilt and innocence. As the conscience of the community, they can acquit those whom they actually believe to be guilty. When jurors nullify a law by acquitting a defendant who has obviously broken it, judges and prosecutors can do nothing about it—a jury’s not-guilty verdict is final. That said, however, jury nullification is rare.

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