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.

Jury rights outreach – Manchester (9/14/15)

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Manchester activists once again conducted jury rights outreach.

Jury nullification is the process of defeating a bad law by jury, where the jury refuses to convict regardless of the letter of the law. Activists pass out pamphlets to prospective jurors informing them of their rights.

Patrick Wienckowski and Dale Everett led the outreach operation.

Jury rights outreach – Manchester (8/24/15)

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For the first time in a while, I made it to Manchester to perform a jury nullification outreach operation.

Jury nullification is the right of jurors to vote their conscience and acquit a defendant, regardless of the letter of the law.

I was joined by Ian Marshall and Marika and Mariam Yakubovich.

Most jurors had previously received pamphlets. The reception was a bit chilly, and plenty refused the pamphlet, or outright avoided eye contact. I suspect this is because of previous Manchester activists “poisoning the well,” turning jurors off by filming them, making snide remarks, or getting into confrontations with the guards.

We reached 30 new jurors.

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

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Once again, the Rights Brigade conducted a jury outreach operation in Manchester.

Activists hand out pamphlets to prospective jurors, informing them of their right to nullify bad laws.

Patrick Wienckowski headed up the operation. An unidentified man briefly passed by filming the courthouse.

167 jurors were reached.

Jury rights outreach – Manchester (7/13/15)

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Jury rights activists once again performed a jury nullification informational outreach operation in Manchester.

Patrick Wienckowski, Don McCollough, Ellen Blanchard, David Shields (not pictured), and Kurt Thomas (not pictured) were present.

The operation was carried out without incident. Most jurors had already received a pamphlet from previous selections.

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

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Rights Brigade activists carried out a successful juror outreach operation in Manchester.

Activists distributed jury nullification pamphlets to prospective jurors, informing them of their right to nullify bad laws.

Six activists participated, including Ellen Blanchard, Don McCollough, Ashleigh Henton (not pictured), and Patrick Wienckowski.

The operation was carried out without incident. Most of the jurors were receptive, and over 100 were reached.

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

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Today for the first time, a secondary Rights Brigade team took to Manchester to perform a jury nullification rights outreach operation. Activists Patrick Wienckowski, Maverick Carty, and Clarence Gardner (not pictured) conducted the operation.

Activists handed out jury nullification information flyers, informing jurors of their rights to nullify laws they find reprehensible by deciding not guilty, even in cases where the evidence indicates that the defendant was in the legal wrong.

Several jurors indicated that they had already received a flyer last week. One younger fellow said that he already knew about jury nullification, and was glad the volunteers were distributing the pamphlets. All in all, the operation went off without incident.

Police checkpoint outreach – Manchester (5/22/15)

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I assisted in a large-scale public outreach and service effort centered around a DUI checkpoint in Manchester.

During the warmer months, Manchester Police Department conducts sobriety checkpoints every few weeks, where they randomly detain drivers regardless of suspicion of driving under the influence. Activists converge ahead of the checkpoint, holding signs warning drivers to turn away or be searched.

Over 20 activists, most of them from Manchester, protested the checkpoint. Most activists arrived at around 10:00 p.m. and stayed a couple of hours, though a brave few stayed close to 2:00 a.m.

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After making initial rounds to take stock of the situation and see where help was needed, I proceeded south on Elm Street with Ian Marshall to inform the local bars and their patrons of the checkpoint on Bridge Street. We reached about a half-dozen bars along the main drag of Elm. Afterwards, I took a sign and joined the front of the activist group alongside David O’Hare and Bruno Parga. When Bruno left, Collette Brisebois took his place, and the three of us held the front for over an hour more.

At two different junctures, Collette and I broke off to film police detainment of motorists separate from the checkpoint. In both cases the driver was released, and looked relieved at our presence.

Over the course of the night, we received almost entirely positive reactions, ranging from simply thanking us for what we were doing to high-fives and selfies. One young man left us a tip (that he was very insistent on us taking), and a young couple brought us coffee.

Jury rights outreach – Manchester (5/18/15)

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Today I joined activists in Manchester for outreach to jurors informing them of their rights to nullify laws they believe to be unjust. We handed out jury information flyers from NHJury.com.

Five other activists participated in the outreach event, including Riaz Kahan, Joseph Fetz, Jarrod Ean-Dixon, and Keith Carlsen.

The distribution was without incident.