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 – 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 – 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 – Dover (11/29/16)

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Today I conducted a jury nullification outreach operation in Dover.

Jury nullification is where a jury refuses to convict an otherwise guilty defendant in order to avoid an unjust conviction. Jury rights activists distribute flyers outside of courthouses informing jurors of this right.

As the first selection of this particular jury pool, the courthouse was busy this morning. All but one juror took the pamphlet. One in particular instantly knew it was about jury nullification and accepted the pamphlet. The word is spreading.

In total, 111 jurors were reached.

Medicaid expansion accountability phone bank – Dover (4/7/16)

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Today I assisted Americans for Prosperity in holding legislators accountable for voting for Medicaid expansion in New Hampshire.

Medicaid expansion will, among other things, extend government healthcare benefits to able-bodied working-age adults and add massive government spending. Americans for Prosperity is calling voters and knocking on doors letting them know that their state senator voted for this monstrosity, and encouraging them to contact their senator in protest. Enough pressure from angry voters can lead to unseating these legislators in the next election, and providing a warning to others.

This particular evening we were calling various state senators to hold them accountable for their Medicaid expansion vote. It was a fairly uneventful phone bank.

Tax increase protest phone bank – Dover (4/5/16)

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I joined fellow activists for a phone bank to resist a tax increase in Dover.

The city of Dover’s school board proposed a budget for the city that would exceed the tax cap by over $3 million. This would have the effect of raising property taxes for the city. Americans for Prosperity hosted a phone bank to call Dover’s residents, let them know about the tax increase, and encourage them to attend the city council meeting in protest. Several Rights Brigade activists participated.

I was joined by Nelson Lourenço, Nicholas Boyle, and Vince Perfetto. Together, we comprised 4 of the 9 volunteers present, who were joined by two AFP staff members. Together, we called thousands of Dover residents to motivate them to stand against the tax cap. Less than half were aware of such an increase, and the vast majority were upset at the news. Several thanked us for keeping an eye out for them on issues that affect their town.

Jury rights outreach – Dover (4/5/16)

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I once again conducted jury nullification outreach outside of the Strafford County courthouse in Dover.

Jury nullification is where a jury nullifies a bad law by choose not to convict an otherwise guilty defendant, not because of perceived innocence, but because of the immorality of the law being applied. Jury rights activists inform jurors of this right by distributing pamphlets outside of courthouses, informing them of their right to nullify.

Most jurors had already received the pamphlet, but were nonetheless remarkably friendly considering the bitter second-winter chill. One, though, wasn’t as friendly, and stated that he didn’t “agree.” Might be the first time I’ve met someone who disagreed with their rights.

18 new jurors were reached.

Jury rights outreach – Dover (3/22/16)

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Today the Rights Brigade once again conducted jury nullification outreach in Dover.

Jury nullification is where a jury decides not to convict a defendant even if they law applies, but if the application of the law would yield an unjust result. Jury rights activists hand out pamphlets to prospective jurors informing them of their right to nullify.

Donna and Rich Priolo (not pictured) conducted the operation with their children Catarina and Isaac. They reached 109 jurors, expending all available flyers.

Jury rights outreach – Dover (3/8/16)

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This morning I led a jury nullification outreach operation in Dover.

Jury nullification is where a jury chooses not to convict a defendant based on their own conscience rather than the letter of the law. Jury rights activists hand out flyers outside of courthouses informing jurors of their rights.

I was joined by Jessica Paxton and her two children. Despite it being a later selection, the courthouse was busy, with a considerable line forming out from the side entrance out into the parking lot. The kids helped with the first half of the operation. Jurors were very receptive, and Jessica and the kids were naturals. One had previously received a flyer.

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In all, 80 jurors were reached, with two refusals.

Come join us in making a difference! Keep an eye on the activism calendar for future selection dates and let us know if you want to help.