Jury Rights Outreach – Brentwood (2/27/17)

Monday was the first week of jury selection at Rockingham County Court in Brentwood, NH. Rights Brigade activists Ellie Andersen and me took to the streets to inform jurors about nullification and their rights per the constitution.

Jury nullification is a juror’s right to nullify a bad law by voting not to convict a defendant. This is commonly used to prevent innocents from being prosecuted for victimless crimes. Jury rights activists inform them of this right via informative pamphlets and citizen’s rule book pocket constitutions.

The original date of the first selection had been set for 2/13 but due to a Blizzard it was canceled and pushed back. The website listed the new first selection as being at 10am 2/27  but one of the potential juror let us know they had sent an email saying it would be at 8:30am instead and never updated the website. She doesn’t have email and never received it, so they dismissed her for being late and rescheduled her for another pool within 9 months.

Despite being two hours late to the party we still found 3 straggler who hasn’t been informed of the time change took flyers and few people at the court house for unrelated purposes who were interested in taking a pocket constitution. All and all we handing out 3 flyers and 6 pocket constitutions. The potential juror who told us about the mail took two constitutions, one for herself and the other for her daughter.

The next selection for this group will be next Monday 3/6/17 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!