A federal court in New York has reportedly dismissed an indictment against an 80-year-old retired chemistry professor who had been charged with jury tampering for providing brochures in support of jury nullification to anyone who passed by the Manhattan federal courthouse. Jury nullification refers to the controversial doctrine that allows jurors to acquit criminal defendants based on their disagreement with the law the defendant is accused of violating instead of following the judge’s instructions on the law. Professor Julian Heicklen, acting as his own lawyer, apparently contended that although he had hoped jurors would take one of the brochures he distributed while holding a “Jury Info” sign, he did not try to influence specific jurors. Judge Kimba Wood agreed, ruling that a violation of the jury tampering statute occurs when a person knowingly tries to influence a juror’s decision through written communication “made in relation to a specific case pending before that juror.” See The New York Times, April 19, 2012.