Rights Brigade returned to the Strafford County Courthouse on Tuesday, January 5th to conduct jury nullification outreach. While it was a relatively quiet day as far as jurors were concerned (just ten flyers handed out in total), it was a good opportunity to connect with some of the very people that jury nullification outreach is intended to help.
You see, Strafford County Courthouse also happens to hold mandatory meetings for those who have been convicted of drug related crimes. On this day, 3 individuals stood outside of the courthouse waiting for a ride, and I went over to say hello. We got to talking, and I explained what jury nullification is and our purpose for coming to the courthouse every other Tuesday.
I spoke at length with a young woman who shared how devastating the drug war has been in her life. She and her fiance have both been imprisoned for victimless drug related crimes, and she shared a heartbreaking tale of how frequent trips in and out of jail have made it extremely difficult for them to pick themselves up out of the throes of heroin addiction. [Read more…]