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Copyright (c) 1996 Georgetown Law Journal
Georgetown Law Journal

NOTE: Opposing Jury Nullification: Law, Policy, and Prosecutorial Strategy

November, 1996

85 Geo. L.J. 191





In the fall of 1990, Harry Leno and Robert Ingalls, two Bostonians determined to help stop the spread of AIDS, began operating a needle exchange program in Lynn, Massachusetts, a large suburb approximately ten miles northeast of Boston. 1 Harry was fifty-five years old, a grandfather, and a recovering drug addict. In the past he had worked for needle exchange programs in New Haven, Connecticut, and New York City. Based on his experience, he firmly believed that providing sterile needles to drug addicts was an effective strategy for AIDS prevention. Robert was fifty-three years old and a landscaper. For him, operating the needle exchange program was a matter of conscience, an "irresistible opportunity" to save human lives.

Harry and Robert began operating their needle exchange program in September of 1990. After purchasing new, sterile needles over-the-counter, the two men set up shop in a section of Lynn known as a "high drug area," where for two hours every Wednesday evening they accepted dirty needles from drug addicts and exchanged them for clean ones free of charge. Each night they exchanged between 150 and 200 needles for between fifty and sixty people. Their program operated successfully for nine months.

In June of 1991, however, Harry and Robert's needle exchange program came to an abrupt end when the two men were arrested for violating a Massachusetts law that prohibited the distribution of hypodermic needles without a prescription. 2 At trial, Harry and Robert did not deny that they had ...
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