Jury rights outreach – Brentwood (10/19/15)

It was a pretty frosty October morning here in the seacoast region of New Hampshire but that didn’t stop BJ Mumford and I from handing out jury rights information at the Rockingham County Courthouse.

IMG_4393Jury nullification is where a jury chooses not to convict based not on the legality of the case at hand, but on the morality of the law.  Activists inform jurors of this right by distributing informative pamphlets.  Each pamphlet gives a brief history of jury nullification, lists some rights of each juror, and explains why the practice of jury nullification is important.

This was the first week of selection for this group of individuals, but even so, two people had already received pamphlets from previous interactions with activists at the courthouse.  Only a few of the potential jurors refused a pamphlet or handed it back with the vast majority of them accepting it with a smile and a polite response.  One of the refusals came from a man who responded that he, “wasn’t interested in propaganda.”  In all, 109 new potential jurors accepted a pamphlet!

For future jury rights outreach dates and other activism opportunities, check the Rights Brigade calendar here