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Montana Juror Prosecution Amendment (2012)

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The Montana Juror Prosecution Amendment did not make the 2012 ballot in the state of Montana as an initiated constitutional amendment. The measure required that "jurors be informed of their power to determine the propriety of the law to prevent unjust prosecutions," according to the Montana Secretary of State's office. The proposal was filed with the secretary's office on March 25, 2011 by Roger Roots.[1]

Text of measure

Ballot language

The ballot language that voters would have seen reads as follows:[2]

CI-107 amends the Montana Constitution to allow a person accused of a crime to argue to the jury the propriety, applicability, and merits of the law that the person is accused of violating. It also requires the judge to instruct the jury that it can decide the propriety, applicability, and merits of the law that the person on trial is accused of violating.
[ ] FOR amending the Montana Constitution to allow a person accused of a crime to argue to the jury the merits of the law.
[ ] AGAINST amending the Montana Constitution to allow a person accused of a crime to argue to the jury the merits of the law.

Path to the ballot

See also: Montana signature requirements

To gain ballot access for the November 2012 ballot, supporters needed to collect 48,673 valid signatures from registered voters. In addition, those signatures needed to be submitted by the June 22, 2012 petition drive deadline. Insufficient signatures were submitted by the deadline, thus the measure will not appear on the 2012 ballot.

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