Is opposition to jury nullification inherently statist?
I'm going to be uncharacteristically brief here, for two reasons: firstly, I'm only 20% of the way through my novel, but November is 30% of the way finished. Secondly, it's really a topic for you guys more than I.

Jury nullification refers to the practise wherein a jury returns a verdict contrary to what is indicated by the facts of a case. For instance, the jury might conclude that the law in question is so abhorrent that it cannot, or should not, reasonably be applied.

You don't hear a lot about jury nullification these days, in large part because, while it is held to be inherent power of the jury, there's nothing that prevents a judge from refusing to inform the jury of this power or preventing the attorneys from doing the same thing.

The thinking, I believe, which has entered popular culture, is that the jury is only supposed to find on the facts of the case. Given that this is something that persons with explicit training, such as judges, ought to be able to accomplish much better, it's not clear to me that this is ethically at the root of the jury system—since incorporating the community as a bottom-up rather than top-down adjudicator would implicitly seem to recognise that they should be able to do more than function as a simple computer.

Whatever the reason, in the last few decades people seem to have gotten the idea that it is inarguably true that it is the jury's sole responsibility to render a verdict based exclusively on fact-finding. I'm somewhat curious as to where this impetus comes from (in this case, I was compelled to think about it via this Wired article about whether or not "fair use" ought to be introduced into a DMCA case involving X-Box modding.

I wonder if the trend against jury nullification is related to a growing overall statist trend. That is to say: is the practise of rejecting jury nullification in and of itself inherently statist, whether or not the initial motives are? If so, what are the implications?
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