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On today's show we will be talking with Marcy Brooks. A resident of Indianapolis, Indiana, she found herself at the center of a news storm when, in May of 2000, she was chosen to serve on a jury that declared defendant Whitey Harrell not guilty of failing to pay income taxes. She convinced the jury that the defendant was innocent since he claimed there was no law requiring him to do so and the prosecution gave no evidence proving his guilt. During the trial, the jurors repeatedly asked the court to provide them with a copy of the law that requires citizens of Illinois or any other state to pay income taxes. The judge said the law would be produced in due course but finally backed off saying the jury had all it was going to get. Marcy concluded that Whitey Harrell was a law-abiding citizen and that the IRS and the court were the ones violating the law. Some of the jurors were inclined not to rock the boat and wanted to go along with the government to avoid controversy, but Marcy spoke on behalf of truth and justice even in the face of popular opinion and government intimidation. She convinced the jury to stand on principle, and the rest is history. Her story provides a powerful example of what just one person can do in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds. For a newspaper account of the case, go to: http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a3932bf7e3f53.htm.