New Hampshire Representative Frank Sapareto recently introduced legislation that requires jurors in a criminal trial to be told about nullification. Specifically, HB1452 mandates that jurors be informed of the following:
The concept of jury nullification is well established in this country. If the jury feels that the law under which the defendant is accused is unjust, or that exigent circumstances justified the actions of the accused, or for any reason which appeals to their logic or passion, the jury has the power to acquit, and the courts must abide by that decision.
According to the legislation, failure to tell jurors this information would result in a mistrial.