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

I once again conducted jury nullification outreach in Concord.

Jury nullification is where a jury decides not to convict an otherwise guilty defendant, not on the basis of whether or not the law applies, but on whether applying the law (in the particular case or in general) would yield an unjust result. Jury nullification advocates educate jurors about this right by distributing informative pamphlets in front of courthouses.

Atypically for the last selection of the jury pool, there was quite the group of jurors around, and most hadn’t received a pamphlet. This allowed me to reach many of the jurors who were at the first selection of that pool, who previously had been missed.

One juror instantly recognized jury nullification, and inquired about InfoWars. Apparently the famed conservatarian conspiracy personality Alex Jones has been educating his audience on jury nullification as well interdimensional aliens. Good to know.

I reached an even 70 new jurors.

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

I conducted jury outreach in Brentwood today, last of the pool.

Jury nullification is when a jury decides not to convict because a conviction would yield an unjust result. Jury rights activists such as myself inform jurors of this right by distributing informative pamphlets outside of courthouses.

Things went well at Brentwood this morning! I handed out 3 pocket constitutions. Everyone looked a little tired from the festivities last night. I had two or three people tell me how much they appreciate me coming out every Monday and how admirable it is! Hopefully they realize that we wouldn’t be this dedicated and doing this unless the cause was very worthy.

No new jurors were reached since all had received a pamphlet at previous selections.

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

Today was the first jury selection for the month of February at the Hillsborough County Southern District Superior Court in Nashua, NH. As usual, jurors were forced to wait outside in the cold until 10 minutes before the scheduled selection time of 8:15am. Those most dutiful in their punctuality arrived at 7:45 or earlier, and were waiting for the doors to be unlocked for 20 minutes or more. The line of 100+ jurors stretched all the way down one side of the building at one point, with jurors standing and shivering in the 20-degree weather.

Our volunteer activist BJ Mumford arrived at 7:40am and began handing out our fliers containing “Important Information for Jurors” – information on the right of the jury to nullify bad laws by declaring the defendant “Not Guilty” in cases of victimless crimes.

Most jurors welcomed the invitation to take a flier, many expressing relief that they were in the right place, as the courthouse is not clearly marked for potential jurors to find their way in. Overall 110 jurors were reached, and two self-identified public defendants also took a flier, expressing interest in the subject of nullification.

Our next selection date in Nashua will occur at 9:15am on Tuesday, February 21st!

Jury Rights Outreach – Ossipee (1/30/17)

Note: picture is from last Ossipee operation, which had the same crew

Today I led January’s final jury nullification outreach operation in Ossipee.

Jury nullification is where a jury decides not to convict a defendant based not on the legality of the situation, but on whether or not applied the law would be unjust. A single juror can hang the juror and let a defendant off. This is usually advocated to nullify victimless crimes, such as marijuana use. Jury rights activists conduct outreach outside of courthouses by handing out pamphlets to inform jurors of this crucial right.

I was accompanied by Séamas Ó Scalaidhe and Brian McQuade. The jury selection was rescheduled with poor notice once again, this time for noon the same day. Five jurors were reached on their way in to find out that their time was wasted. Brian and I left, however Séamas returned and distributed an additional 38 flyers.

In total, 43 new jurors were reached. This was the last jury nullification operation in January of 2017.

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 – Brentwood (1/30/17)

Monday 1/30/17 was the third week of jury selection at Rockingham County Court in Brentwood, NH. The 1st and 2nd weeks have been extremely successful – all but 1 juror had received our flyer and 7 more were interested in the pocket constitution. Even though it was a brisk 30 degrees and having been there twice most potential jurors were very pleasant. A few jurors and a clerk even took the time to thank me for my efforts. One enthusiastic juror told me that one of the trial lawyer asked if anyone was a “free stater” so they could kick them out. The Free State Project is an agreement among 20,000 participants to move to NH and get involved in activities that promote liberty and freedom for all. More information about their cause can be found on their website.

Jury Nullification is when a jury decides not to convict a defendant because applying the law in that case would yield an unjust result. Activists inform jurors of their right to nullify bad laws by distributing informative pamphlets.

This selection group will be reporting again next Monday 2/6/17 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!

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 – Concord (1/23/17)

Today I conducted a jury nullification outreach operation in Concord.

Jury nullification is where a hung jury prevents a defendant from being convicted, even if the letter of the law would say otherwise. This is used to prevent unjust applications of the law, or unjust laws from being enforced. Jury rights activists inform jurors of this right by distributing pamphlets outside of courthouses.

A woman was smoking outside the courthouse and asked what I was doing. I explained I was educating jurors, and she said she had done jury transcript work for years. She remarked how New Hampshire juries are conviction-happy, which is why she suspects she will never be on a jury (she was much less in favor of convicting defendants as a rule). She also mentioned how it’s not really a jury of your peers, as some of her neighbors have been called for jury duty again and again, while others such as herself never are. [Read more…]

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

I conducted a jury nullification outreach operation in Laconia today.

Jury nullification is where a jury decides not to convict a defendant based on whether or not it would be just to apply the law in that case, not whether or not the law itself applies. Jury nullification activists inform jurors of this right by distributing pamphlets outside of courthouses.

As this was not the first selection for the current jury pool, most had already received a pamphlet before. Still, 10 jurors were reached. It was cold.

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 – Manchester (1/23/17)

I conducted jury nullification outreach in Manchester today.

Jury nullification is when a jury decides to nullify a bad law or bad application of a law by refusing to convict. This is usually thought of in cases involving victimless crimes like marijuana. Jury rights activists inform jurors of this right by distributing informative pamphlets outside of courthouses.

I once again led the Manchester outreach operation, and this time managed to get a photo.

Twenty-six new jurors were reached. About a third of the potential jurors said they already received info two weeks ago.

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 – 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”. [Read more…]

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

Monday 1/23/17 was the second week of jury selection at Rockingham County Court in Brentwood, NH for the January-Febuary court session. After a very successful 1st week of outreach on January 9th, there were 13 jurors that had not yet received a jury nullification pamphlet. The jurors that had received our informational pamphlet were receptive to more information on the topic resulting in 30 of them taking a pocket constitution! One gentlemen who took a pocket constitution this time commented that the pamphlet “put things into perspective.”

Jury Nullification is when a jury decides not to convict a defendant because applying the law in that case would yield an unjust result. Activists inform jurors of their right to nullify bad laws by distributing informative pamphlets.

This selection group will be reporting again next Monday 1/30/17 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!

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.