Jury Rights Outreach – Nashua (2/21/17)

I once again headed up jury nullification outreach in Nashua.

Jury nullification is where a jury decides not to find a defendant guilty, not based on whether or not the law would apply to this particular case, but on whether or not applying the law would yield a just result. By doing this a single juror can cause a not guilty verdict, nullifying a bad law. Jury rights activists inform jurors of this right via informative pamphlets.

No comments today on Judge interference. I asked several jours direct questions about what the court told them about our pamphlet, they stated that they were not told anything about it and were allowed to keep it. I wonder if it was a different judge this week.

Zero new jurors reached. Apparently I did too good of a job last time! They all said they had received one already.

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

Today was the first jury selection for the month of February at the Hillsborough County Southern District Superior Court in Nashua, NH. As usual, jurors were forced to wait outside in the cold until 10 minutes before the scheduled selection time of 8:15am. Those most dutiful in their punctuality arrived at 7:45 or earlier, and were waiting for the doors to be unlocked for 20 minutes or more. The line of 100+ jurors stretched all the way down one side of the building at one point, with jurors standing and shivering in the 20-degree weather.

Our volunteer activist BJ Mumford arrived at 7:40am and began handing out our fliers containing “Important Information for Jurors” – information on the right of the jury to nullify bad laws by declaring the defendant “Not Guilty” in cases of victimless crimes.

Most jurors welcomed the invitation to take a flier, many expressing relief that they were in the right place, as the courthouse is not clearly marked for potential jurors to find their way in. Overall 110 jurors were reached, and two self-identified public defendants also took a flier, expressing interest in the subject of nullification.

Our next selection date in Nashua will occur at 9:15am on Tuesday, February 21st!

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

The jury selection that took place today at the Hampshire County South District Superior Court  in Nashua was the second selection for the same group of jurors. Our activist BJ Mumford had conversations with three different jurors that commented that the judge had directly addressed our activism during the last selection on January 9th. One juror stated that the judge was “Bashing you guys, he told us to tear it up (pamphlet) and throw it away” and that “that made me pay attention to it even more….. I said – now I want to read this!”. A second juror noted that he had already read the information and was on “our side”, stating that “we got in trouble for that last time, the judge made us tear those up”.  When offered a pamphlet, a third juror refused with a polite “No thanks, they’ll just take them away from us anyway”. [Read more…]

Jury Rights Outreach – Nashua (1/9/17)

BJ and Bruce performed a jury nullification outreach operation in Nashua this morning! Despite the single digit temperatures, approximately 15 jurors were waiting outside the doors of the Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua, NH at 7:45am when our activists arrived, although the courthouse did not open until 8:00am.

Jury nullification is where a jury decides not to convict a defendant if a conviction would be unjust, no matter the letter of the law in the situation. This is usually emphasized in the case of victimless crimes, where the defendant has not actually harmed anyone or their property. Jury rights activists inform juries of this right by distributing informative pamphlets outside of courthouses before jury selections.

This was the first selection of the January jury pool in Nashua, and 120 jurors were reached, as well as 2 court employees that were interested in our pamphlets.

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 – Nashua (3/21/16)

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Rights Brigade activists conducted a jury nullification outreach operation in Nashua today.

Jury nullification is where a jury refuses to convict a defendant because the application of the law would yield an unjust result. Activists hand out pamphlets to prospective jurors outside courthouses during jury selections.

Randy Clemens, Melissa Ambroise, Don McCollough, Ellen Blanchard, and Carol Gardner were present and assisted in the operation. The five of them braved a snowstorm to conduct the outreach, and it went off without incident.

60 jurors were reached.

Jury rights outreach – Nashua (12/14/15)

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I conducted a jury rights outreach operation in Nashua today.

Jury nullification is where a jury chooses not to convict based on their individual conscience rather than the letter of the law in a given situation. Jury rights activists inform jurors of this right by distributing informational pamphlets outside of courthouses during jury selections.

The courthouse was fairly busy because of a divorce case. One witness waited outside for a while to avoid contact with one of the parties he was testifying against. An incoming attorney requested a jury rights pamphlet.

65 jurors were reached.

Jury rights outreach – Nashua (9/21/15)

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Today I conducted a jury rights outreach operation for the first time in Nashua.

Jury nullification is where a jury chooses not to convict a defendant based not on the letter of the law, but on the morality of its application in this particular circumstance. We inform jurors of this right by distributing informational pamphlets.

The reception from jurors was extremely chilly. Most refused eye contact acknowledgement of my presence at all. A few chose a quick “I’m all set” instead. Seeing how a 95% take rate has been normal for me at virtually every other courthouse, this leaves me to wonder what happened at previous jury selections.

Four new jurors were reached.

Jury rights outreach – Nashua (9/8/15)

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Jury rights activists once again covered jury nullification outreach in Nashua today.

Jury nullification is the process of a jury nullifying bad laws by refusing to convict, even when the letter of the law would have them act otherwise. This works to counterbalance an overactive legislature or justice system.

Don McCollough and Ellen Blanchard conducted the outreach operation.

Over 100 new jurors were reached.

Jury rights outreach – Nashua (8/17/15)

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The Rights Brigade conducted a jury outreach operation in Nashua today.

Activists hand flyers to prospective jurors informing them of their right to nullify bad laws by refusing to convict.

Present activists were Don McCollough, Ellen Blanchard, and Collette Brisebois (not pictured).

About 25 new jurors were reached. The operation was conducted without incident.

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

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Rights Brigade activists took to Nashua to perform a jury nullification outreach operation.

Activists hand out pamphlets to inform jurors of their right to nullify bad laws by voting their conscience.

Randy Clemens and Ashleigh Henton conducted the operation. The line was long and slow-moving in front of the courthouse, and many jurors complained at government inefficiency.

Around 80 jurors were reached.