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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – Ossipee (10/26/15)

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Rights Brigade activists conducted a jury rights outreach operation in Ossipee today.

Jury nullification is where a jury decides not to convict a defendant based on their conscience, regardless of the letter of the law. Jury rights activists inform them of this right by distributing informative pamphlets outside of courthouses during juror selections.

State Representative Michael Sylvia took charge of the outreach himself, and reached 70 new jurors.

Jury rights outreach – Ossipee (8/31/15)

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For the first time today I conducted a successful jury nullification outreach operation in Ossipee.

Jury nullification is where a jury chooses not to convict a defendant, regardless of the letter of the law, thereby nullifying the law in question. Activists hand out pamphlets outlining jury rights to prospective jurors.

A few minutes into the outreach, a bailiff came out to see what I was doing, and if it was political in nature. I offered him a smile and a pamphlet, which he looked at briefly before ordering me off of court property. I politely explained to him that I was perfectly within my rights to distribute the information, noting that the Strafford County Sheriff had actively encouraged our activism in Dover. The bailiff asked that I stand further away from the courthouse door (out of the way of foot traffic from jurors). I agreed to do so, and maintained that I didn’t want to step on anyone’s toes. He thanked me for that, and I introduced myself to him. His name is Ed. [Read more…]