Jury rights outreach – Laconia (7/6/15)

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Today I joined fellow activists in Laconia in conducting an outreach operation targeted at jurors.

We distributed pamphlets on jury nullification, a juror’s right to nullify bad laws, to prospective jurors outside the Belknap County Courthouse.

I was joined by Bryan Medeiros, Kayla McCarthy, and State Representative Michael Sylvia. Rep. Sylvia engaged in conversation with jurors personally about jury rights, while the rest of us simply passed out the pamphlets.

We handed out pamphlets to 44 prospective jurors. They were very receptive, and all but one took the pamphlet. A guard stared at us with arms folded the whole time, but remained within the courthouse and didn’t come cause trouble.

It should be noted that one of the activists was present because of court-ordered community service. What poetic justice for an abusive system to order service in reigning in its own abuse.

Jury rights outreach – Laconia (6/8/15)

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Today I once again distributed jury nullification rights information to jurors in Laconia, informing them of their rights to nullify bad laws.

The distribution went off without incident. I successfully distributed flyers to 42 jurors, with one refusal.

I also struck up a conversation with the gardener, who was there last time and was curious as to what I was doing. She requested a flyer, even though she said her juror days were behind her, and recounted a story of a friend being summoned for jury duty two years after his death.

Jury rights outreach – Laconia (5/26/15)

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Today, for the first time, I passed out jury nullification rights information literature to prospective jurors outside the Belknap County courthouse in Laconia, informing jurors of their right to nullify bad laws.

As this was the second jury selection date for that pool, turnout was light.

Towards the end, an older woman came up the steps of the courthouse. I asked her if she was there for jury duty. She said “No, but I have one of your brochures on jury nullification. Keep up the good work.”