Jury rights outreach – Ossipee (8/31/15)


For the first time today I conducted a successful jury nullification outreach operation in Ossipee.

Jury nullification is where a jury chooses not to convict a defendant, regardless of the letter of the law, thereby nullifying the law in question. Activists hand out pamphlets outlining jury rights to prospective jurors.

A few minutes into the outreach, a bailiff came out to see what I was doing, and if it was political in nature. I offered him a smile and a pamphlet, which he looked at briefly before ordering me off of court property. I politely explained to him that I was perfectly within my rights to distribute the information, noting that the Strafford County Sheriff had actively encouraged our activism in Dover. The bailiff asked that I stand further away from the courthouse door (out of the way of foot traffic from jurors). I agreed to do so, and maintained that I didn’t want to step on anyone’s toes. He thanked me for that, and I introduced myself to him. His name is Ed.

I gradually edged over closer to the flow of jurors entering the building. A juror enthusiastically asked me what I was doing (“Liberty?”), saw the back of the flyer, and recognized (and positively reacted to) the Free Keene logo. He mentioned Robin Hood of Keene and asked if I did any of that. He also asked if I was voting for Rand Paul.

Towards the end, County Clerk Abby Albee came out and asked politely if she could have a pamphlet to show the judge. She said that there was no problem at all with what I was doing, and that the bailiff had no right to try to impede me, and to let her know if I encountered further problems. She also mentioned that she was the clerk in Belknap County as well, and asked if I was the one doing juror outreach there too.

All in all, 35 jurors and one County Clerk were reached.