Jury rights outreach – Dover (2/2/16)

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Rights Brigade conducted another jury nullification outreach operation at the Strafford County Courthouse today, reaching 67 jurors in an effort to help them understand their right to nullify bad laws and acquit victimless “criminals.”

It was a relatively straightforward outreach effort today, with all 67 attending jurors accepting our fliers.

At one point, I attempted to hand a flier to a man who identified himself as a judge. He refused the flier at first, figuring that I was doing campaign outreach, but when he saw the fliers I was holding he perked up. He said that he was aware of NHJury.com (the organization that prints the fliers we use), as he has seen a flood of our fliers in his courtroom. He then smiled, and said he appreciated what we were doing.

“Most people don’t care. Caring is good. We’re happy when jurors take their responsibility seriously.”

We’ll be back at the Strafford County Courthouse 2 weeks from today if anyone is interested in taking part.

Jury Nullification Outreach & Conversations With Drug War Victims – Dover (1/5/16)

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Rights Brigade returned to the Strafford County Courthouse on Tuesday, January 5th to conduct jury nullification outreach. While it was a relatively quiet day as far as jurors were concerned (just ten flyers handed out in total), it was a good opportunity to connect with some of the very people that jury nullification outreach is intended to help.

You see, Strafford County Courthouse also happens to hold mandatory meetings for those who have been convicted of drug related crimes. On this day, 3 individuals stood outside of the courthouse waiting for a ride, and I went over to say hello. We got to talking, and I explained what jury nullification is and our purpose for coming to the courthouse every other Tuesday.

I spoke at length with a young woman who shared how devastating the drug war has been in her life. She and her fiance have both been imprisoned for victimless drug related crimes, and she shared a heartbreaking tale of how frequent trips in and out of jail have made it extremely difficult for them to pick themselves up out of the throes of heroin addiction. [Read more…]

Jury Outreach – Dover (9/22/15)

wpid-wp-1438707683469.jpgActivists returned to the Strafford County Courthouse on Tuesday, September 22nd, continuing a streak of several months without missing a jury outreach date. This trip was a little bit unusual.

BJ Mumford and I arrived to begin outreach at 8 AM – 30 minutes before jury selection was to begin – but no potential jurors arrived. At around 8:20 AM, some jurors started to trickle in, and we were informed by one of them that they had “already been selected,” and were going to be hearing a case. It seemed as though it might be a higher profile case, as there was a truck from WMUR parked outside of the courthouse for the duration of our visit.

As we were leaving, a new deputy was sent out to attempt to identify BJ and me. We politely declined to show ID, and then he asked that we please write our names down on a piece of paper. When we asked why, we were informed that the “sheriff just wants to know who is out here.” We smiled and said that we’d prefer not to share that information. He laughed, shook our hands, and said, “Sounds good to me! I can go back in there and tell them that I tried.”

We left, and will be back again next week.

Jury rights outreach – Dover (8/4/15)

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Rights Brigade activists once again braved the rain to bring jury nullification education outreach to jurors in Dover.

Activists hand out pamphlets informing jurors of their right to nullify bad laws, a right that is protected under New Hampshire law.

James Davis carried out the operation. Around half the potential jurors had apparently been notified via email that they were not required to attend, but ended up coming anyway, much to their chagrin.

A court employee asked for a flyer, saying he had been “noticing everyone reading them inside and want to see what the fuss is about.”

All those offered pamphlets took one. 61 jurors were reached.