Community Self-Defense Class – Portsmouth (2/25/17)

I led a free self-defense class in Portsmouth.

An armed and trained society is safe, self-reliant, and free. To further this aim, I teach free self-defense classes to the community to help them to protect themselves and their neighbors from physical harm.

This was the first of such classes I had taught in the area.

Despite minimal marketing consisting mainly of word-of-mouth, the class had a large turnout. Main techniques taught were a defensive posture which was practiced against a flurry of random attacks; elbow and knee strikes from the clinch; and various escapes from wrist holds and chokes. All in all, the class focused on practical self-defense in a chaotic environment to simulate an attack situation.

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

I once again headed up jury nullification outreach in Nashua.

Jury nullification is where a jury decides not to find a defendant guilty, not based on whether or not the law would apply to this particular case, but on whether or not applying the law would yield a just result. By doing this a single juror can cause a not guilty verdict, nullifying a bad law. Jury rights activists inform jurors of this right via informative pamphlets.

No comments today on Judge interference. I asked several jours direct questions about what the court told them about our pamphlet, they stated that they were not told anything about it and were allowed to keep it. I wonder if it was a different judge this week.

Zero new jurors reached. Apparently I did too good of a job last time! They all said they had received one already.

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!

Jury Rights Outreach – Nashua (1/23/17)

The jury selection that took place today at the Hampshire County South District Superior Court  in Nashua was the second selection for the same group of jurors. Our activist BJ Mumford had conversations with three different jurors that commented that the judge had directly addressed our activism during the last selection on January 9th. One juror stated that the judge was “Bashing you guys, he told us to tear it up (pamphlet) and throw it away” and that “that made me pay attention to it even more….. I said – now I want to read this!”. A second juror noted that he had already read the information and was on “our side”, stating that “we got in trouble for that last time, the judge made us tear those up”.  When offered a pamphlet, a third juror refused with a polite “No thanks, they’ll just take them away from us anyway”. [Read more…]

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

BJ and Bruce performed a jury nullification outreach operation in Nashua this morning! Despite the single digit temperatures, approximately 15 jurors were waiting outside the doors of the Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua, NH at 7:45am when our activists arrived, although the courthouse did not open until 8:00am.

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.

This was the first selection of the January jury pool in Nashua, and 120 jurors were reached, as well as 2 court employees that were interested in our pamphlets.

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 (12/5/16)

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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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 (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!