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

I once again headed up jury nullification outreach in Dover.

Jury nullification is where a jury decides not to convict a defendant who otherwise would be guilty based on the facts of the case, but where a conviction would lead to a morally unjust result. Jury rights activists inform jurors of this right by distributing informative pamphlets in front of courthouses.

I was met with a pool of jurors very satisfied with the weather, since last time they were severely snowed upon in the parking lot. One woman, however, inquired if I was with the court, predicting my response to be negative. She was not friendly and had a University of New Hampshire jacket, indicating she probably worked in public education. No wonder the hostility towards the practice of freedom!

A friend was in the jury pool, and told me that he had seen many jurors reading through the pamphlets and internalizing the information. Great news, I guess we aren’t wasting our time!

Despite reaching well over a hundred jurors last time, I still managed to get to 60 new ones this time.

Jury Rights Outreach – Dover (2/7/17)

On this wintry day I conducted jury nullification outreach in Dover.

Jury nullification is where a jury decides they won’t convict a defendant who would otherwise be guilty, on the basis of the law itself being immoral. This is commonly advocated as a way to nullify victimless crimes such as marijuana. Jury right activists hand out informative pamphlets outside of courthouses to educate jurors of this right.

This was a cold day in the middle of a snowstorm, and many jurors were upset that the selection had not been called off. Even though it was the first selection of the pool, for some reason jurors were forced to use the side door, which caused the line to get through security to snake well into the parking lot. The jurors were not happy about being stuck in the storm.

I ran into a friend who encouraged his fellow jurors to pay heed to the information I was passing out.

In total, 120 jurors were reached.

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

I conducted jury outreach in Brentwood today, last of the pool.

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

Things went well at Brentwood this morning! I handed out 3 pocket constitutions. Everyone looked a little tired from the festivities last night. I had two or three people tell me how much they appreciate me coming out every Monday and how admirable it is! Hopefully they realize that we wouldn’t be this dedicated and doing this unless the cause was very worthy.

No new jurors were reached since all had received a pamphlet at previous selections.

Jury Rights Outreach – Brentwood (1/30/17)

Monday 1/30/17 was the third week of jury selection at Rockingham County Court in Brentwood, NH. The 1st and 2nd weeks have been extremely successful – all but 1 juror had received our flyer and 7 more were interested in the pocket constitution. Even though it was a brisk 30 degrees and having been there twice most potential jurors were very pleasant. A few jurors and a clerk even took the time to thank me for my efforts. One enthusiastic juror told me that one of the trial lawyer asked if anyone was a “free stater” so they could kick them out. The Free State Project is an agreement among 20,000 participants to move to NH and get involved in activities that promote liberty and freedom for all. More information about their cause can be found on their website.

Jury Nullification is when a jury decides not to convict a defendant because applying the law in that case would yield an unjust result. Activists inform jurors of their right to nullify bad laws by distributing informative pamphlets.

This selection group will be reporting again next Monday 2/6/17 at 10AM so come join us at 9:30 in front of the courthouse if you are interested. Hope to see you there or at future outreach events!

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 – Brentwood (1/23/17)

Monday 1/23/17 was the second week of jury selection at Rockingham County Court in Brentwood, NH for the January-Febuary court session. After a very successful 1st week of outreach on January 9th, there were 13 jurors that had not yet received a jury nullification pamphlet. The jurors that had received our informational pamphlet were receptive to more information on the topic resulting in 30 of them taking a pocket constitution! One gentlemen who took a pocket constitution this time commented that the pamphlet “put things into perspective.”

Jury Nullification is when a jury decides not to convict a defendant because applying the law in that case would yield an unjust result. Activists inform jurors of their right to nullify bad laws by distributing informative pamphlets.

This selection group will be reporting again next Monday 1/30/17 at 10AM so come join us at 9:30 in front of the courthouse if you are interested. Hope to see you there or at future outreach events!

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 – Dover (1/17/17)

I conducted another jury nullification outreach operation in Dover, and had a brief interaction with some court officials.

Jury nullification is when a jury decides not to convict a defendant, not based on whether or not the law would technically apply, but on the justness of that application. This approach is mainly used to nullify victimless crimes, where a law or certain application thereof would put someone behind bars who had hurt no one. Jury rights activists inform jurors of this right by distributing pamphlets in front of courthouses.

As the second selection in this jury pool, jurors entered through the side door to the courthouse, and most had already received a pamphlet. Still, a few had slipped through the cracks last time, and received a flyer for the first time. [Read more…]

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

Happy New Year everybody!  Today was the first day of jury selection at the Rockingham County Courthouse in Brentwood, NH for 2017 and wow, it was chilly! Emmy Andersen and I were there with smiles on in the 3 degree air to inform those there for selection about the idea of jury nullification.

Jury nullification is where a jury decides not to convict a defendant because applying the law in that case would yield an unjust result. Activists inform jurors of their right to nullify bad laws by distributing informative pamphlets.

In total, 109 people accepted a jury nullification pamphlet out of roughly 115 that were there for selection.  As per usual, Emmy also gave out a few pocket constitutions which always makes her do a happy dance. Only one person today asked if they would be in trouble with the court for taking a pamphlet but after talking with him for a bit he took one and thanked us for braving the cold to hand out this information.

This selection group will be reporting again on Monday, January 23rd at 10AM so come join us at 9:30 in front of the courthouse if you are interested.  Hope to see you there or at future outreach events!

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 – Dover (1/3/17)

I performed a jury nullification outreach operation in Dover.

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.

As the courthouse is right next to a bus stop, there were a few people waiting for the bus. Two of them noticed what I was doing and asked about it. I explained that I was informing jurors of their rights and gave them a pamphlet. One of them mentioned to me how the court messes with defendants into getting false convictions, and recounted how he once had a judge ask him why he pleaded guilty, when he was probably not guilty. Really makes you wonder how many innocent people are behind bars because of how little they understand the court system, and how many overzealous prosecutors take advantage of this fact.

This was the first selection of the pool, so there were enough potential jurors that I ran out of flyers right at the end. In total, 118 jurors were reached, as well as two bystanders.

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 – Brentwood (12/19/16)

Today I led a jury nullification outreach operation in Brentwood.

Jury nullification is when a jury decides not to convict a defendant who would otherwise be found guilty, based not on the letter of the law, but of the morality of its application in this case. Jury activists distribute pamphlets to jurors in front of courthouses to inform them of this right.

I was joined by Joël Valenzuela. As it was the last selection of the jury pool, almost all jurors had received pamphlets at previous selections.

In total, three new jurors were reached, and one pocket Constitution was distributed.

Jury Rights Outreach – Brentwood (12/5/16)

Jury nullification is where a jury decides not to convict a defendant who would otherwise be guilty, based not on whether or not the law applies, but whether or not it would yield an unjust result. Jury nullification activists inform jurors of this right by distributing informative pamphlets outside of courthouses.

I was joined for the selection by local super activist Emmy Andersen, who came ready with her usual stash of pocket Constitutions.

Since it was a later selection, most jurors had already received a pamphlet. Still, five new pamphlets were distributed, as well as 21 pocket Constitutions.

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