by Benjamin Weiser

“A federal judge on Thursday ordered the dismissal of an indictment against the professor, Julian P. Heicklen, who had been charged with jury tampering for advocating the controversial position known as jury nullification while outside the courthouse.

“Mr. Heicklen had repeatedly stood with a ‘Jury Info’ sign and handed out brochures supporting nullification, the view that jurors who disagree with a law may ignore their oaths and vote to acquit a defendant accused of violating it.

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“Mr. Heicklen expressed pleasure at the ruling.  ‘Not just for me,’ he said.  ‘I think it’s a major decision for the country.’

“He added:  ‘This is better than having them throw me in jail.’”