Jury Rights Outreach – Dover (1/17/17)

I conducted another jury nullification outreach operation in Dover, and had a brief interaction with some court officials.

Jury nullification is when a jury decides not to convict a defendant, not based on whether or not the law would technically apply, but on the justness of that application. This approach is mainly used to nullify victimless crimes, where a law or certain application thereof would put someone behind bars who had hurt no one. Jury rights activists inform jurors of this right by distributing pamphlets in front of courthouses.

As the second selection in this jury pool, jurors entered through the side door to the courthouse, and most had already received a pamphlet. Still, a few had slipped through the cracks last time, and received a flyer for the first time.

Early on in the operation, who I assume to be former Chief Deputy Sheriff (current Barrington Chief of Police) Bob Williams, as well as Strafford County Sheriff David Dubois, passed by and said hello. Williams asked to see a flyer, then had Dubois confirm that it was ok to distribute as long as we weren’t blocking access to the door. He then asked if this was part of the Free State Project. Later Williams came by alone and asked about the FSP, and I told him how its mission was to bring pro-liberty folks together in the state, at which point they pursue whichever activism they wish.

28 new jurors were reached, and a pleasant interaction was had with sheriff and deputy.

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.