Jury Rights Outreach – Brentwood (7/25/16)

Today was the first of two selections for this mid summer round at the Rockingham County Court in Brentwood, NH.  Kyle Mohney and Emmy Andersen were there to greet all of the potential jurors and hand out jury nullification information… and of course Emmy handed out a few pocket constitutions!

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Jury nullification is where a jury decides not to convict a defendant because applying the law in that case would yield an unjust result. Activists inform jurors of their right to nullify bad laws by distributing informative pamphlets.

After a week of hot and humid weather, the mild morning air felt glorious.  Most who came for jury selection were in a good mood, although one man was rather annoyed after driving 17 hours only to be excused.  He had moved from New Hampshire and down to North Carolina a few months previous to getting a summons.  When he told this to the court, they did not allow his living in another state as a valid excuse to be excused from jury duty.  So after an all day drive yesterday, the man got back into his truck to make the 800 mile trek back home.  The rest of the potential jurors were in good spirits and only a handful of individuals declined to take a pamphlet.  In total we handed out 125 pamphlets and Emmy also also handed out 2 pocket constitutions.

This selection group will be reporting again next Monday at 10AM so come join us at 9:30 in front of the courthouse if you are interested.  Hope to see you there or at future outreach events!