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 – Laconia (2/6/17)

Rights Brigade activists took to the streets again to inform jurors in Laconia about nullification.

Jury nullification is a juror’s right to nullify a bad law by voting not to convict a defendant. This is commonly used to prevent innocents from being prosecuted for victimless crimes. Jury rights activists inform them of this right via informative pamphlets.

Michael Sylvia and Glenn Bailey conducted the operation.

​20 Belknap County jurors got their information even though it was 21 degrees and windy.

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

*picture from previous operation*

I once again conducted jury nullification outreach in Manchester.

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

This was the first selection of the jury pool, with higher volume than later selections in the pool. The outreach operation went well today. 84 jurors served.

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

I once again conducted jury nullification outreach in Concord.

Jury nullification is where a jury decides not to convict an otherwise guilty defendant, not on the basis of whether or not the law applies, but on whether applying the law (in the particular case or in general) would yield an unjust result. Jury nullification advocates educate jurors about this right by distributing informative pamphlets in front of courthouses.

Atypically for the last selection of the jury pool, there was quite the group of jurors around, and most hadn’t received a pamphlet. This allowed me to reach many of the jurors who were at the first selection of that pool, who previously had been missed.

One juror instantly recognized jury nullification, and inquired about InfoWars. Apparently the famed conservatarian conspiracy personality Alex Jones has been educating his audience on jury nullification as well interdimensional aliens. Good to know.

I reached an even 70 new jurors.

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 – 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!

Right-to-Work Phone Bank – Manchester (2/1/17)

I helped out at a right-to-work phone bank in Manchester today.

Right-to-work protects a worker’s freedom to decide whether or not to join a labor union or pay union dues. According to federal labor law, businesses may be coerced into being a union shop, and employees may be forced to join the union and pay dues or pay an agency fee. Passing right-to-work overrides this requirement and allows employers the choice on whether to hire union or non-union, and gives employees the choice of whether or not to join or pay a union.

Americans for Prosperity New Hampshire organizes phone banks to call the constituents of key legislators, encouraging them to call their representatives and tell them to vote for SB 11, a right-to-work bill going through the state legislature. SB 11 passed the Senate and will be up for a House committee hearing on February 8th, and a vote on the 16th.

I made 81 calls to constituents of key legislators on the upcoming right-to-work vote, totaling 240 calls for the campaign.

State House Hearings – Concord (2/1/17)

Today I headed to Concord to advocate for liberty in the New Hampshire State House.

There were quite a few hearings to attend, though the only one of interest for which I was prepared to testify was SB 12, Constitutional Carry. Since that hearing already had droves of pro-liberty folks testifying in favor (to the point where the committee chair asked attendees if they wanted to forego their testimony for the sake of saving time), however, I opted not to testify, but instead sign up in support (or opposition) of various key bills.

To streamline my efforts while in Concord, I took advantage of the excellent bill review by the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance, which does a fantastic job of tracking and reviewing legislation, and overall acts as a great advocate for liberty at the State House.

These are the bills for which I signed in support/opposition:

SB 12: Constitutional Carry, or the right to carry a firearm concealed without a permit. I signed in support.

HB 590-FN: Establishing a state bank. I signed in opposition.

HB 633-FN: Allowing health insurance policies to be sold without mandates. I signed in support.

HB 640: Relative to the penalties for possession of marijuana. I signed in support.

HB 644: Extending the interest and dividends tax to capital gains, increasing exemptions from the tax, and providing for retirement system contributions on behalf of employers other than the state. I signed in opposition.

HB 656: Relative to the legalization and regulation of marijuana. I signed in support.

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

Note: picture is from last Ossipee operation, which had the same crew

Today I led January’s final jury nullification outreach operation in Ossipee.

Jury nullification is where a jury decides not to convict a defendant based not on the legality of the situation, but on whether or not applied the law would be unjust. A single juror can hang the juror and let a defendant off. This is usually advocated to nullify victimless crimes, such as marijuana use. Jury rights activists conduct outreach outside of courthouses by handing out pamphlets to inform jurors of this crucial right.

I was accompanied by Séamas Ó Scalaidhe and Brian McQuade. The jury selection was rescheduled with poor notice once again, this time for noon the same day. Five jurors were reached on their way in to find out that their time was wasted. Brian and I left, however Séamas returned and distributed an additional 38 flyers.

In total, 43 new jurors were reached. This was the last jury nullification operation in January of 2017.

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 (1/30/17)

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.