Jury Rights Outreach – Brentwood (10/17/16)

14786951_1051200261645489_1965183651_oToday marked the largest activism turnout at the Rockingham County Court in Brentwood, NH for jury nullification outreach with 4 local seacoast activists showing up to hand out pamphlets! The activists included Emmy Anderson, Derrick J Freeman, Kyle Mohney, and BJ Mumford.  This was also the first day (typically the busiest day) of the 4 week mid-October to mid-November jury selection group so the extra support was much appreciated.

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Out of all the passersby, only a handful refused to accept a pamphlet and in total 131 were handed out.  Of course, Emmy also had a stack of pocket constitutions and managed to hand out 7 to jurors and court workers alike.  Derrick participated at this courthouse for the first time and definitely came in style.  His ensemble made him look like he could have been one of the lawyers and belonged at the court.  I may take a cue from him and step it up a notch to see if more formal clothes fosters more engagement from the jurors in the following weeks.  All in all, it was a great morning for some liberty activism!

This selection group will be reporting again next Monday 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!

Jury Rights Outreach – Brentwood (9/19/16)

Monday 9/19/16 was the second week of jury selection at Rockingham County Court in Brentwood, NH for the September-October court session.  After a very successful 1st week of outreach on September 12th, there were only 2 jurors this week that had not yet received a jury nullification pamphlet.

img_4146Jury 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.

Emmy’s enthusiastic offering of pocket constitutions was met with a warm welcome by those jurors that had already received the jury nullification pamphlet, and she set a new record by handing out a total of 12 constitutions!

This selection group will be reporting again next Monday 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!

Jury Rights Outreach – Brentwood (9/12/16)

Today was the first round of jury selection for the fall season at the Rockingham County Court in Brentwood, NH.  After a 6 week break, BJ Mumford and Emmy Andersen were eager to get back to work handing out jury nullification information (and pocket constitutions).

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.

With a temperature in the upper 40’s, there was a definite feeling of the fall season in the crisp morning air at 8:00am. A courthouse Bailiff approached our activists a few minutes after their arrival to request that they stand to the side of the main entrance to which they acquiesced, by assuming their normal places on the walkway within arms reach of potential jurors passing by. BJ and Emmy had an overwhelmingly positive response from all but a few jurors, 3 of who refused to take a pamphlet, and 1 who returned a pamphlet after briefly reading the inside cover.  In total we handed out 118 pamphlets.

This selection group will be reporting again next Monday 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!

Jury Rights Outreach – Brentwood (7/25/16)

Today was the first of two selections for this mid summer round at the Rockingham County Court in Brentwood, NH.  Kyle Mohney and Emmy Andersen were there to greet all of the potential jurors and hand out jury nullification information… and of course Emmy handed out a few pocket constitutions!

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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.

After a week of hot and humid weather, the mild morning air felt glorious.  Most who came for jury selection were in a good mood, although one man was rather annoyed after driving 17 hours only to be excused.  He had moved from New Hampshire and down to North Carolina a few months previous to getting a summons.  When he told this to the court, they did not allow his living in another state as a valid excuse to be excused from jury duty.  So after an all day drive yesterday, the man got back into his truck to make the 800 mile trek back home.  The rest of the potential jurors were in good spirits and only a handful of individuals declined to take a pamphlet.  In total we handed out 125 pamphlets and Emmy also also handed out 2 pocket constitutions.

This selection group will be reporting again next Monday 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!

Jury Rights Outreach – Brentwood (6/13/16)

Today was the second round of selection for June at the Rockingham County Court in Brentwood, NH.  BJ Mumford and Emmy Andersen were there to greet all of the potential jurors and hand out jury nullification information, and pocket constitutions!
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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.

It was another beautiful spring day and the jurors were cordial as always, most of them politely informing us that they had already received a pamphlet the previous week.  Emmy set a personal record by handing out 10 pocket Constitutions, leading to celebratory dancing and victory kicks 🙂 In all we distributed 14 pamphlets to jurors, and received very positive feedback from those that had read the material from last week.

The June selection group will be reporting again next Monday 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!

Jury rights outreach – Brentwood (6/6/16)

Today was the first day of selection for the June group of jurors at the Rockingham County Court in Brentwood, NH.  BJ Mumford, Emmy Andersen, and I were there to greet all of these new faces and to hand out jury nullification information.
IMG_6402Jury 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.

The weather was gorgeous and for the most part the new potential jurors were accordingly bright and cheerful.  When I arrived, Emmy was already engaged in a discussion with a man about freedom and jury rights.  Once BJ got there the crowd started streaming in and we ended up handing out 102 pamphlets to potential jurors.  One man came back out of the courthouse and asked for a handful of the flyers for him to share with others.  He said that he was a law teacher at Exeter High School, he supported the idea of jury nullification, and that he was going to use the flyers in his class!  Emmy also handed out another 5 pocket Constitutions to jurors and other random passersby.

The June selection group will be reporting again next Monday 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!

Jury rights outreach – Brentwood (5/2/16)

Today was the first day of selection for the May group of jurors at the Rockingham County Court in Brentwood, NH.  I was there to greet all of these new faces and to hand out jury nullification information.

IMG_6118Jury 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.

Since this was the first week of this round, there was a large number of people arriving at the courthouse.  Almost every potential juror passing me had their summons papers in hand and all politely accepted a pamphlet.  One defense lawyer who I have seen from time to time asked for another pamphlet as he entered the court and smiled at me.  In total, 103 new people accepted a flyer.

Jury rights outreach – Brentwood (4/11/16)

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Today I assisted in jury nullification outreach in Brentwood.

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.

I was joined by Emmy Andersen. The selection had been cancelled. It was one of the later ones of the juror pool, which usually have very sparse pickings. It was still well worth my while to connect with Emmy and plot more wonderful things to save the world.

Jury Rights Outreach – Brentwood (4/4/16)

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The Rights Brigade was out enjoying the spring snow this week for jury nullification outreach at the Rockingham County courthouse in Brentwood, NH.

This was the third week of selection for Rockingham County jurors, and most had already received a pamphlet from the previous two weeks of outreach. BJ Mumford carried out the operation with a smile and a warm “good morning!” to the shivering citizens. 5 pamphlets were distributed to potential jurors.

Jury nullification is where a jury decides not to convict a defendant because doing so would yield an unjust result, even if the law is applicable in that case. Jury rights activists hand out informative pamphlets to jurors to educate them about their rights.

Jury rights outreach – Brentwood (3/28/16)

Jury rights activists Kyle, BJ and Emmy engaged potential jurors with jury nullification flyers this morning at the Rockingham County Courthouse.

IMG_5955Jury 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.

Both BJ and Emmy had already engaged the vast majority of potential jurors last week during the first round of selection. Still, another 27 jurors accepted a pamphlet. One prospective juror stopped to thank Emmy for the pamphlet and pocket Constitution she had given her last week, saying that she had learned a lot from that information. She went on to ask for more pamphlets and pocket Constitutions for her friends. Saying that this interaction put a smile on Emmy’s face would be a gross understatement! There are still 3 more sessions for this group so feel free to join at 9:30AM on either Monday 4/4, 4/11 or 4/18!