Right-to-Work Committee Hearing – Concord (2/8/17)

Today I attended a hearing at the New Hampshire State House in support of right-to-work legislation.

Right-to-work laws prohibit workers from being forced to join a union or pay union dues (or agency fees) as a condition of employment. Without them, a union can force employees to join their ranks or pay an agency fee anyway, and an employer attempting to hire or keep a non-union employee who does not pay will be subject to fines and eventually shut down. Right-to-work prevents this coercion by allowing workers the free choice on whether or not to join a union. [Read more…]

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.

State House Hearings – Concord (2/1/17)

Today I headed to Concord to advocate for liberty in the New Hampshire State House.

There were quite a few hearings to attend, though the only one of interest for which I was prepared to testify was SB 12, Constitutional Carry. Since that hearing already had droves of pro-liberty folks testifying in favor (to the point where the committee chair asked attendees if they wanted to forego their testimony for the sake of saving time), however, I opted not to testify, but instead sign up in support (or opposition) of various key bills.

To streamline my efforts while in Concord, I took advantage of the excellent bill review by the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance, which does a fantastic job of tracking and reviewing legislation, and overall acts as a great advocate for liberty at the State House.

These are the bills for which I signed in support/opposition:

SB 12: Constitutional Carry, or the right to carry a firearm concealed without a permit. I signed in support.

HB 590-FN: Establishing a state bank. I signed in opposition.

HB 633-FN: Allowing health insurance policies to be sold without mandates. I signed in support.

HB 640: Relative to the penalties for possession of marijuana. I signed in support.

HB 644: Extending the interest and dividends tax to capital gains, increasing exemptions from the tax, and providing for retirement system contributions on behalf of employers other than the state. I signed in opposition.

HB 656: Relative to the legalization and regulation of marijuana. I signed in support.

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 – Concord (1/9/17)

Today I headed to Concord to conduct jury nullification outreach.

Jury nullification is where a jury decides not to convict a defendant because such a conviction would yield an unjust result. This is commonly done to negate victimless crimes, where a would-be criminal has harmed no one. Jury rights activists inform jurors of this right by distributing informative pamphlets in front of courthouses.

I set out to conduct the jury outreach operation alone. Regrettably, during the entire usually 47-minute drive, I was stuck behind a school bus with no option for passing, and as such I missed the selection entirely. Oh well, the same pool of jurors will be around for another round later this month, and that time they will be reached.

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 (3/28/16)

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I once again reached Concord jurors to inform them about jury nullification.

Jury nullification is where a jury decides not to convict a defendant not on the grounds of not being guilty of breaking the law, but because the law itself (or this particular application) is unjust. Jury nullification activists inform jurors of this right to nullify via informative pamphlets.

As this was the last selection of the pool, many jurors had already received a pamphlet. In total, 28 were reached (most of them jurors, with a couple of defense attorneys thrown into the mix). One defense attorney requested to view the pamphlet. She was very knowledgeable about jury nullification, including the previous law that had been passed to inform jurors of their right to nullify, as well as the second pending, more comprehensive one. She inquired about the group I was representing, and stopped to talk twice, both on the way into the courthouse and on the way out.
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Jury rights outreach – Concord (3/14/16)

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I conducted a jury outreach operation at a jury selection in Concord.

Jury nullification is where the jury (or a single member of the jury) decides that the application of the law in a particular instance would yield an unfair result, and nullifies the law by refusing to convict. Activists hand out pamphlets in front of courthouses before jury selections to notify jurors of this right.

The second selection of the pool on an unseasonably cold day meant a light turnout. In total, 9 people were reached, including 7 jurors and 2 others (likely defense attorneys). Of the 3 refusals, all were jurors who had previously received the flyer.

NHLA Gold Standard Activism – Concord (3/9/16)

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Today I assisted the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance in distributing the Gold Standard, their weekly legislative recommendations, to the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

The Gold Standard for this week was quite comprehensive, a massive 19 pages long. The star of the show was HB1696, which would extend and expand Medicaid, a massive entitlement program. Reps are warned that voted for this bill would heavily weigh in the NHLA’s legislative scorecard.

The hall was absolutely packed with lobbyists and activists, mostly those supporting the Medicaid expansion bill. This included the religious pro-government group I affectionately refer to as the Church of the States singing songs about healthcare being a universal right and praying for more taxation.

I joined NHLA volunteers Lisa McGunnigle and Will Anderson in distributing the massive Gold Standard. Between the three of us, we covered both entrances very well. Towards the end of the selection, I also distributed some remaining Gold Standard copies to University of New Hampshire students who were present on a tour. Hopefully it will serve to counterbalance some of the crazy things they’re sure to be learning in school.

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Jury rights outreach – Concord (2/29/16)

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Today I informed jurors in Concord of their right to nullify bad laws.

Jury nullification is where a jury chooses not to convict a defendant irrespective of the letter of the law. Jury rights activists distribute pamphlets to inform jurors of their right to nullify bad laws by voting their conscience.

It was the first selection of the jury pool, and at one point jurors were held up going through security to the point where a line formed out the door into the parking lot. Otherwise the operation was carried out without incident.

All jurors reached out to, a total of 56, accepted the pamphlet.

Jury rights outreach – Concord (1/4/16)

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Today I started the new year off by conducting jury rights outreach in Concord.

Jury nullification is where a jury chooses not to convict based on their conscience rather than the letter of the law, thereby nullifying a bad law or a bad application of a law. Jury rights activists pass out pamphlets to jurors informing them of their right to nullify.

It was a chilly morning, and most jurors were not thrilled to be there. A couple of them mistook me for a court employee and asked me questions regarding paperwork, parking, etc., which I answered to the best of my abilities.

A total of 53 jurors were reached, with zero refusals.