In a couple of weeks I will be discussing the concept of jury nullification in my Professional Responsibility class, so I thought I would link to this story reported today.
U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood (of the Federal District Court in Manhattan) has dismissed a claim against a retired chemistry professor who was arrested and charged with a
misdemeanor for repeatedly handing out pamphlets to people outside a
lower Manhattan courthouse urging jury nullification. Go here and here for more on this story.
Jury nullification, of course, refers to the right of a jury to disregard the law when making a decision. As judge Wood emphasized, an individual should not be penalized for expressing his or her approval of jury nullification, but I think there is still some debate as to whether it would be improper for an attorney (during a trial) to remind the jury of its right to nullify, let alone ask, encourage or urge the jurors to do it.
There is a lot of literature out there on this subject and there are a number of organizations that support the concept. Go here and here for two examples.