Jury rights outreach – Brentwood (3/7/16)

Today, BJ Mumford and I were joined by Emmy Andersen at the Rockingham County Superior Court in the seacoast of New Hampshire for jury nullification outreach.  Several weeks ago, Emmy had received a pamphlet regarding jury nullification when she was at this court for other matters and after looking over the pamphlet decided to join in on the outreach efforts.  This was Emmy’s first time doing jury activism and after today’s successful event I’m sure it won’t be the last!

IMG_5795Jury nullification is where a jury chooses not to convict based on their conscience rather than the letter of the law, thereby nullifying a bad law or a bad application of a law. Jury rights activists pass out pamphlets to jurors informing them of their right to nullify.

Today was the last of 4 selection sessions from the February 8th group and virtually all who entered the court had already received a pamphlet in previous weeks.  Still, another 7 people accepted a new pamphlet this week.  While we were there 2 separate defense attorneys stopped briefly and thanked us for being at the court every week.  Later, a group of 3 men exited the court and on their way by one man asked us what we were doing.  BJ told him that we were handing out jury nullification information and the man made some insulting remarks about the practice.  It wasn’t confirmed, but all 3 men were dressed similarly and had the look of off duty law enforcement officers so their opinions on nullification weren’t a surprise!

Monday, March 21st will be the first selection day for the next round of potential jurors and we will be there to hand out information starting at 8am.  Feel free to us then or check the calendar for future activism events!