Maryland’s highest court just issued a ruling that resonates with relevance to Donald Trump’s second impeachment and the former president’s current trial before the Senate. The ruling tempts me to declare that the 44 Republican senators who voted against putting Trump on trial — and who appear ready to acquit him despite overwhelming evidence that he incited January’s violent insurrection — are engaged in the biggest case of jury nullification in American history.

Now, let’s be clear about something: While it’s called a trial, the main event this week in Washington is not a judicial one. Senators take an oath to “do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws,” but most of the Republicans have no intention of honoring that oath. They might expect the rest of us to be impartial and deliberative when we serve as jurors in civil and criminal trials, but Trump’s supporters in the Senate are shamelessly biased.

Trump’s sycophants don’t even try to fake objectivity; they make no pretense to thoughtful consideration of evidence. They’re not interested in being role models of good citizenship for the rest of us. Rather than fear the consequences of acquitting Trump, they believe they’ll be rewarded for it.

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