Jury rights outreach – Brentwood (12/14/15)

Today was the last jury selection date for 2015 at the Rockingham County Courthouse.  BJ Mumford and I were there in the mist greeting the potential jurors with smiles and pamphlets detailing information on jury nullification.  In total, 28 people received pamphlets.

IMG_4855Jury 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.

Most people there for selection today had already received a pamphlet since this was their last selection date.  One man scolded us about contributing to hung juries and was annoyed since that meant that he might not be able to go home as fast.  Still others thanked us for being there and said that they appreciated what we were doing.

Come join us in 2016 for more jury outreach!  Check the Rights Brigade calendar here for more jury outreach dates and other activism opportunities.