Jury Rights Outreach – Manchester (2/6/17)

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I once again conducted jury nullification outreach in Manchester.

Jury nullification is where a jury decides not to convict a defendant because said conviction would yield an unjust result. Jury rights activists such as myself inform jurors of this right by distributing informative pamphlets outside of courthouses.

This was the first selection of the jury pool, with higher volume than later selections in the pool. The outreach operation went well today. 84 jurors served.

Right-to-Work Phone Bank – Manchester (2/1/17)

I helped out at a right-to-work phone bank in Manchester today.

Right-to-work protects a worker’s freedom to decide whether or not to join a labor union or pay union dues. According to federal labor law, businesses may be coerced into being a union shop, and employees may be forced to join the union and pay dues or pay an agency fee. Passing right-to-work overrides this requirement and allows employers the choice on whether to hire union or non-union, and gives employees the choice of whether or not to join or pay a union.

Americans for Prosperity New Hampshire organizes phone banks to call the constituents of key legislators, encouraging them to call their representatives and tell them to vote for SB 11, a right-to-work bill going through the state legislature. SB 11 passed the Senate and will be up for a House committee hearing on February 8th, and a vote on the 16th.

I made 81 calls to constituents of key legislators on the upcoming right-to-work vote, totaling 240 calls for the campaign.

Jury Rights Outreach – Manchester (1/23/17)

I conducted jury nullification outreach in Manchester today.

Jury nullification is when a jury decides to nullify a bad law or bad application of a law by refusing to convict. This is usually thought of in cases involving victimless crimes like marijuana. Jury rights activists inform jurors of this right by distributing informative pamphlets outside of courthouses.

I once again led the Manchester outreach operation, and this time managed to get a photo.

Twenty-six new jurors were reached. About a third of the potential jurors said they already received info two weeks ago.

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 – Manchester (1/9/17)

Today I led a jury nullification outreach operation in Manchester.

Jury nullification is a jury’s right to nullify a law (or application thereof) it finds to be unjust by refusing to convict a defendant. This approach is mainly promoted as a way of negating victimless crimes. Jury rights activists pass out pamphlets in front of courthouses to inform jurors of this right.

It was cold. Really, really cold. Activists Melanie Johnson and Bob Neighbors were also present.

91 jurors were 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.

Medicaid expansion accountability doorknocking – Manchester (8/7/16)

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I participated in a voter outreach operation to hold Representative Joseph LaChance accountable for his votes to expand government.

In 2016, the New Hampshire State House voted to expand Obamacare through a Medicaid expansion. This will provide taxpayer-funded healthcare free of charge to able-bodied working age adults with no preexisting medical conditions. This program will create a massive increase in the size and scope of government, and representatives who voted for it are therefore accountable for the resulting increase in taxation and regulation. [Read more…]

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

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Today I conducted jury nullification outreach in an unseasonally snowy Manchester.

Jury nullification is where a jury chooses not to convict a defendant because applying the law in that case would yield an unjust result. Jury rights activists like myself inform jurors of this right via informative pamphlets provided by NH Jury.

A snowstorm blew into town, causing jurors to be much more rushed in their entry to the courthouse than usual. I was also going it alone, and the Manchester courthouse entrance has two directions of approaching jurors, making it easy for some to slip through. Still, I managed to reach most of them. No trouble and very little rudeness.

74 new jurors were reached.

Hampton special election GOTV – Manchester (3/1/16)

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I participated in an Americans for Prosperity GOTV phone bank in Manchester for a special election for state representative in Hampton.

Special elections occur when a seat is vacated in between elections. They are typically very low turnout, and are therefore relatively easy to impact. Activists call registered voters who have shown to be pro-liberty in the past and encourage them to vote.

The phone banking room was packed, and we made calls for three hours. This included calling through the entire list twice.

Over a dozen total volunteers were present. Sylvain Yaakov was present at my urging.

Shire Sharing unloading – Manchester (11/20/15)

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Today I assisted in unloading and organizing food and supplies for Shire Sharing’s annual Thanksgiving food drive.

Shire Sharing is a charity started by New Hampshire State Rep. Amanda Bouldin. Every Thanksgiving it seeks to feed many needy families a proper Thanksgiving dinner, giving them hope and allowing them to feel normal and without struggle during the holidays. This year’s goal is to feed around 600 families in the Merrimack Valley region of New Hampshire.

We unloaded a truck containing a good chunk of the necessary supplies, then moved the supplies into the warehouse in categorical piles to make assembly easier.

Stay tuned for further Shire Sharing updates.

Jury rights outreach – Manchester (10/26/15)

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Today I once again conducted a jury rights outreach operation in Manchester.

Jury nullification is where a jury chooses not to convict a defendant regardless of the letter of the law. Jury rights activists inform jurors of this right by distributing informative pamphlets.

I arrived to a large line of jurors outside the courthouse, waiting to be screened through security. While initially confused, they became receptive quickly, especially when I started joking about the nippy weather. Most jurors were receptive, and none were hostile.

I reached 63 new jurors.

Jury rights outreach – Manchester (10/5/15)

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Today I once again led a jury rights outreach operation in Manchester.

Jury nullification is where a jury chooses not to convict based on the morality of the case, regardless of the letter of the law. Activists inform jurors of their right to not convict by passing out jury nullification pamphlets.

I was joined by Michael Yakubovich.

The outreach operation played out fairly smoothly. Most jurors were receptive. There were, however, still a far higher ratio of chilly reactions than at other courthouses, including a couple refusing to acknowledge our existence. Still no idea how so many jurors could get turned off like that, but at least it’s getting better.

We reached 51 new jurors.