Jury rights outreach – Nashua (9/21/15)

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Today I conducted a jury rights outreach operation for the first time in Nashua.

Jury nullification is where a jury chooses not to convict a defendant based not on the letter of the law, but on the morality of its application in this particular circumstance. We inform jurors of this right by distributing informational pamphlets.

The reception from jurors was extremely chilly. Most refused eye contact acknowledgement of my presence at all. A few chose a quick “I’m all set” instead. Seeing how a 95% take rate has been normal for me at virtually every other courthouse, this leaves me to wonder what happened at previous jury selections.

Four new jurors were reached.