Jury rights outreach – Brentwood (11/16/15)

After a week hiatus, potential jurors came back for their 4th and final week of jury selection at the Rockingham County Courthouse in the seacoast region of New Hampshire.  I was there again to offer jury rights information pamphlets those individuals and wished them a good day as they passed.  Most responded with a smile and said that they had already received a pamphlet weeks ago.

IMG_4733Jury 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.

Since this was the last week of selection, 100% of the potential jurors indicated that they had already received pamphlets from previous outreach.  A few men who I recognized from previous weeks refused to look in my direction when I asked if they were at the court for jury selection and did not respond when I wished them good day.  The other 50 or 60 people who were there for selection, yet declined another pamphlet, were much more polite and several showed me the one that I had given them previously.  Still, 5 more people took another pamphlet including 1 woman who was there for other business.  She noted that she was intrigued by what I was handing out and decided to ask me about it on her way back out of the courthouse.  After I briefly summarized the concept and history of jury nullification, she said that she wished she had known about it before her recent experience on a jury.

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