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.

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 – 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 – Ossipee (1/17/17)

I led my first jury nullification operation in Ossipee today.

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.

I was joined by Séamas Ó Scalaidhe and Brian McQuade.

As has happened before, the jury selection was cancelled without sufficient notice for all jurors to have known. We managed to reach seven of them before we noticed that they were coming back out, being told to go home.

Seven jurors were reached about nullification.

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 – 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 – 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.

Jury rights outreach – Ossipee (4/4/16)

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The Rights Brigade once again reached Ossipee for jury nullification outreach.

Jury nullification is where a jury decides not to convict a defendant because doing so would yield an unjust result, even if the law is applicable in that case. Jury rights activists hand out informative pamphlets to jurors to educate them about their rights.

The ever-dependable Nicholas Boyle carried out the operation. The court once again cancelled the selection, leaving some jurors to show up without a clue. Nick did talk to one, and distributed the jury nullification flyer. As much as it’s important to reach as many jurors as possible with information about their rights, one-on-one conversation is more helpful to make sure they actually understand about nullification.

Jury rights outreach – Laconia (3/28/16)

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The Rights Brigade was once again present in Laconia for jury nullification outreach.

Jury nullification is where a jury decides not to convict a defendant because the application of the law in that case would yield an unjust result. Activists inform jurors of this right via informative pamphlets distributed outside of courthouses during jury selections.

Michael Sylvia was dutifully present at the courthouse as scheduled. However, the court decided to cancel the selection, as happens from time to time. Regardless, the Rights Brigade will always be there. Consistency over time is what will make the difference.

Jury rights outreach – Ossipee (3/21/16)

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Rights Brigade activists once again covered the courthouse in Ossipee for jury nullification outreach. Nicholas Boyle conducted the operation.

Jury nullification is where a jury decides that applying a law in that particular case would yield an unjust result, and refuses to convict. Informing jurors of this right is specifically protected by New Hampshire law, and activists inform jurors by passing out pamphlets in front of courthouses.

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The court canceled this particular selection, however they didn’t call or email anyone, and when called the night before the courthouse still reported the selection as proceeding as planned. Understandably, there was a few people who came and were sitting in the parking lot. One came and took the flyer and then came out saying that it had been canceled. Also, the bailiff said Nick couldn’t harass the people coming in, and he told him he was just offering them a flyer and was on public property, and that people who took it did so voluntarily. The person who took the first flyer then gave it back.

Jury rights outreach – Laconia (3/14/16)

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Jury rights activists conducted a jury education operation in Laconia today.

Jury nullification is where a jury decides not to convict a defendant, not based on whether or not the law applies in the particular case, but whether or not applying the law would yield a just result. A single juror therefore has the power to nullify a bad law. Activists inform jurors of this right by passing out informative pamphlets in front of courthouses.

State Representative Michael Sylvia, an invaluable ally of freedom both on the streets and in the legislature, conducted the operation. Though it was a rather cold morning (quite a break from the day before), a full group of jurors was still present for the selection.

Approximately 80 jurors were reached.