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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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.

Jury rights outreach – Laconia (11/16/15)

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Rights Brigade activists one again conducted a jury rights outreach operation in Laconia.

Jury nullification is where a jury chooses not to convict based on the morality of the situation rather than its legality. Jury nullification activists distribute literature to potential jurors informing them of their rights.

The operation was carried out without incident. 50 jurors were reached.

Jury rights outreach – Laconia (9/21/15)

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Rights Brigade activists carried out a successful jury outreach operation in Laconia, the first ever conducted exclusively by members of the Lakes Region Porcupines.

During these jury outreach operations, activists use pamphlets to inform jurors of their right to nullification, whereby they can acquit a defendant based on their conscience, not the letter of the law.

Present at the outreach operation were State Representative Michael Sylvia, Tony Jankowski, and Chris Dunn (and child).

Most had already received the juror’s information trifold, but activists still handed out 30 to those that were missed last time.

Jury rights outreach – Laconia (9/8/15)

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I once again led a jury rights education operation in Laconia today.

Jury nullification is where a jury chooses to acquit based on conscience rather than legality, thereby nullifying a bad law. Jury activists seek to inform jurors of this right by distributing educational pamphlets.

I was joined by State Representative Michael Sylvia. Together we reached 73 jurors.

Jury rights outreach – Laconia (8/3/15)

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Today I visited Laconia to conduct a juror education outreach operation, bearing flyers informing jurors of their right to nullify bad laws. State Representative Michael Syliva joined me for the operation.

Shortly after arriving, a guard came out to inform us that the jury selection had been canceled last-minute. He was very cordial and requested a pamphlet for himself.