Week ahead: WA bill requires mandatory judicial recusal for $50 in campaign contributions; mandatory jury nullification instructions in NH

Legislatures Coming Into Session

Alaska 1/19
New Mexico 1/19
Hawaii 1/20
Ohio 1/20

Hearings and Votes

January 18

January 19

Tennessee Joint Conference Committee

SB 1 Establishes legislative proceedings for confirmation of appellate judges.

January 20

January 21

New Hampshire House Judiciary Committee

HB 1270 Provides judges must give precisely worded jury nullification instruction: “The test you must use is this: If you have a reasonable doubt as to whether the state has proved any one or more of the elements of the crime charged, you must find the defendant not guilty. If you find that the law does not apply to the proven facts of the case, you must find the defendant not guilty. However, if you find, that the state has proved all of the elements of the offense charged beyond a reasonable doubt, but you find that based upon the facts of this case a guilty verdict will yield an unjust result, you may find the defendant not guilty.” In House Judiciary Committee.

HB 1333 Provides judges must give precisely worded jury nullification instructions that include the jury’s power to “veto bad laws”. In House Judiciary Committee.

Washington Senate Law & Justice Committee

SB 6255 Requires mandatory recusal for judges who receive $50 or more in campaign contributions from lawyers or parties in past 3 years. Provides judicial disciplinary commission to discipline any judge that fails to recuse or to disclose the contributions.

January 22