Happy New Year everybody! Today was the first day of jury selection at the Rockingham County Courthouse in Brentwood, NH for 2017 and wow, it was chilly! Emmy Andersen and I were there with smiles on in the 3 degree air to inform those there for selection about the idea of jury nullification.
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.
In total, 109 people accepted a jury nullification pamphlet out of roughly 115 that were there for selection. As per usual, Emmy also gave out a few pocket constitutions which always makes her do a happy dance. Only one person today asked if they would be in trouble with the court for taking a pamphlet but after talking with him for a bit he took one and thanked us for braving the cold to hand out this information.
This selection group will be reporting again on Monday, January 23rd 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!
This operation was conducted as part of the January jury nullification campaign. You can track the campaign’s progress, and donate to support its completion, here.