Jury Rights Outreach – Nashua (1/23/17)

The jury selection that took place today at the Hampshire County South District Superior Court  in Nashua was the second selection for the same group of jurors. Our activist BJ Mumford had conversations with three different jurors that commented that the judge had directly addressed our activism during the last selection on January 9th. One juror stated that the judge was “Bashing you guys, he told us to tear it up (pamphlet) and throw it away” and that “that made me pay attention to it even more….. I said – now I want to read this!”. A second juror noted that he had already read the information and was on “our side”, stating that “we got in trouble for that last time, the judge made us tear those up”.  When offered a pamphlet, a third juror refused with a polite “No thanks, they’ll just take them away from us anyway”.

Overall, 7 jurors partook of the information for jurors this week, and our activists took pride in having caused the judge to bring attention to the important issue of jury nullification, even if he is on the wrong side of the issue.

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.

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.