Jury Rights Outreach – Laconia (2/6/17)

Rights Brigade activists took to the streets again to inform jurors in Laconia about nullification.

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.

Michael Sylvia and Glenn Bailey conducted the operation.

​20 Belknap County jurors got their information even though it was 21 degrees and windy.

Rights Brigade Jury Activism Push Covered Three Times on the Freedom Feens

The Rights Brigade was mentioned on several recent episodes of the Freedom Feens, a libertarian podcast and radio show.

Our January 2017 jury nullification campaign is mentioned late into the Merry Wormness Christmas episode, as a bit of positive news to round out the episode’s offering of a healthy dose of year-end mirthful cynicism. The mention occurs late in the show beginning at the 1:16 mark.

We were mentioned again in the January 5th episode of the Feens, this time more in-depth, covering our mission more broadly, as well as mentioning the jury nullification campaign.

Finally, our interview in CoinTelegraph, as well as an update on our recent progress, was covered on yet another episode of the Feens.

Find out more about our jury nullification campaign here. Go here to support the Rights Brigade.

Rights Brigade Founder Interviewed by CoinTelegraph

The Rights Brigade’s founder Joël Valenzuela was interviewed by CoinTelegraph about our January jury nullification campaign.

In the interview for the Bitcoin and cryptocurrency publication, Valenzuela outlines the vision for using a Bitcoin crowdfund to incentivize a statewide activism operation, as well as plans for more campaigns like this in the future.

Find out more about our jury nullification campaign here. Go here to support the Rights Brigade.

Jury Rights Outreach – Laconia (1/9/17)

Rights Brigade activists conducted jury nullification outreach in Laconia today.

Jury nullification is where a jury decides not to convict an otherwise guilty defendant on the basis of a conviction yielding an unjust result, usually because the law itself criminalizes victimless behavior. Jury rights activists distribute pamphlets outside of courthouses to inform jurors of this right, of which most are not aware.

Glenn Bailey conducted the operation. Michael Sylvia counted the flyers and said there were 100. Three were left after the operation, which will be returned to Sylvia at a later time. Someone who appeared to be a lawyer commented: “You guys are everywhere! I was just up in Coos County and there were three of you up there.”

In total, 97 jury rights pamphlets were given out.

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.

Jury Rights Outreach – Keene (1/9/17)

Liberty activists conducted jury nullification outreach in Keene today.

Jury nullification is when a jury decides not to convict a defendant of a victimless crime, and instead elects not to convict. Most jurors are unaware of this right, and jury rights activists hand out pamphlets in front of courthouses in order to inform them.

Activists present were Ian Freeman and Christopher Waid (not pictured).

Jury outreach was AGAIN canceled, but activists stayed and connected with the several potential jurors who hadn’t gotten the notice of cancellation – they’ll be back for next month’s pick. Plus, they did “Don’t Take a Plea Deal” outreach and handed out a couple dozen of those fliers.

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.

Free Talk Live Appearance

The Rights Brigades jury nullification campaign was covered extensively on Free Talk Live.

On the Saturday edition of the show, Rights Brigade founder Joël Valenzuela jumped on the show to talk about jury nullification generally, and about this January jury nullification push in particular. That segment of the show begins about an hour into the show and lasts about 30 minutes.

Find out more about our jury nullification campaign here. Go here to support the Rights Brigade.

Activism New Year’s Resolutions

Today the Rights Brigade turns two years old! We’ve had one heck of a run so far, conducting 128 activism operations (97 of which were jury nullification outreach) on an effective budget of zero. Now that we’ve done a great test run of how (and for what) to organize activism, we’re ready to get serious in 2017.

The new year is a typical interval for getting motivated about changing one’s life for the better, and in that spirit we’re laying out our ambitious goals for 2017. Unlike the typical promises of personal improvement, however, we fully expect to be held to these goals, and will be conducting a year-end review to see how we did.

By the end of 2017, we will:
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January 2017 Jury Nullification Outreach Campaign

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**This post will be regularly updated during the campaign**
(Last updated 2/2/17)

Previously, we informed thousands of jurors of their right to nullify bad laws, reaching 10 of the 11 courthouses around New Hampshire. While we’re very proud of our work, we were only able to consistently cover a handful of courthouses. This January, that changes.

Starting in 2017, we’re announcing our goal to educate every single potential juror in New Hampshire about jury nullification. This will require consistency, tenacity, and solid organization, as well as at least a handful of dedicated activists, since the first day of jury selections will happen simultaneously at seven courthouses across the state. However, we believe we can do it. We also believe that if we can keep up these results month after month, we’ve successfully proven that an efficient activist army can do a whole lot of good with a whole little funding. We’ll then be able to replicate these results in other areas, running circles around well-funded and established advocacy organizations.
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Jury rights outreach – Laconia (4/11/16)

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The Rights Brigade once again informed Laconia jurors of their right to nullify.

Jury nullification is where a jury decides to nullify a victimless crime or other bad law by refusing to convict a defendant. This right, while universal to the United States, is specifically mentioned by New Hampshire law. Still, jury rights activists inform jurors of their right to nullify by distributing pamphlets in front of courthouses.

State representative and all around great activist Michael Sylvia conducted the outreach. As a later selection in the pool, most jurors had already gone through once before, and at least one still had a jury nullification pamphlet from previous operations. Still, 9 new jurors were reached.

Rights Brigade Mentioned By Russian Publication

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The Rights Brigade was recently mentioned by Russian publication Furfur, a news site that covers alternative culture issues including cryptocurrency, LGBT, and the liberty movement.

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The article details the Free State Project and its progress in triggering the move to New Hampshire this year. The last two paragraphs of the article deal with the Rights Brigade, mentioning our mission as well as recent accomplishments, notably jury nullification and our success in educating 3,000 jurors last year of their right to nullify bad laws.

We would go on more about this media mention, but none of us speak Russian at the moment. Although, it’s a good problem to have to make enough of an impact to reach beyond language, culture, and continent. Hopefully this trend continues.

Thanks for the publicity, and to all our Russian fans, glad you’re paying attention!