JUNEAU — A bill that would put jury nullification into state law will get a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee at 1 p.m. today.

The bill, sponsored by North Pole Republican Rep. Tammie Wilson, would clarify that defendants have the right to question the application of the law, exercising a power called jury nullification.

Jury nullification is described by the bill as “... if a jury determines that a defendant is guilty according to the law and that the law is unjustly applied to the defendant, the jury may determine not to apply the law to the defendant and find the defendant not guilty or guilty of a lesser included offense.”

The bill would allow defendants to question the merits of the law, and explain that the jury can vote “not guilty” even if the evidence says

otherwise.

The bill also would disallow the disqualification of jurors based on their belief of jury nullification.