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

I led my first jury nullification operation in Ossipee today.

Jury nullification is where a jury decides that convicting a defendant would yield an unjust result, even if the letter of the law has been broken. This approach is commonly advocated to nullify victimless crimes where the defendant has not actually harmed anyone. Jury rights activists inform juries of this right via informative pamphlets distributed outside of courthouses.

I was joined by Séamas Ó Scalaidhe and Brian McQuade.

As has happened before, the jury selection was cancelled without sufficient notice for all jurors to have known. We managed to reach seven of them before we noticed that they were coming back out, being told to go home.

Seven jurors were reached about nullification.

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.