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

Happy New Year everybody!  Today was the first day of jury selection at the Rockingham County Courthouse in Brentwood, NH for 2017 and wow, it was chilly! Emmy Andersen and I were there with smiles on in the 3 degree air to inform those there for selection about the idea of jury nullification.

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.

In total, 109 people accepted a jury nullification pamphlet out of roughly 115 that were there for selection.  As per usual, Emmy also gave out a few pocket constitutions which always makes her do a happy dance. Only one person today asked if they would be in trouble with the court for taking a pamphlet but after talking with him for a bit he took one and thanked us for braving the cold to hand out this information.

This selection group will be reporting again on Monday, January 23rd 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.

Jury Rights Outreach – Brentwood (11/28/16)

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Today I participated in a jury nullification outreach operation in Brentwood.

Jury nullification is where a jury decides not to convict a defendant based not on the letter of the law, but on whether or not its application would yield an unjust result. Jury rights activists inform jurors of this right by distributing pamphlets outside of courthouses.

The operation was conducted by “old faithful” Emmy Andersen and Kyle Mohney, who were joined by myself and activist newcomer Forrest Osterman. It was the first selection of the jury pool, so we were dealing with all fresh jurors. Almost all of them took the flyer. [Read more…]

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 (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 (6/6/16)

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 (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!

Rights Brigade Flexes Activism Muscle

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Over the last week, the Rights Brigade pulled off a wide variety of activism operations across the state, in cooperation with three different organizations.

First, Rights Brigade activists participated in a get-out-the-vote push in Hampton, working in conjunction with the New Hampshire branch of Americans for Prosperity. In total, 5-9 (depending on if kids count) activists assisted AFP staff and volunteer a total of 5-7 times (in two of those instances two separate teams went out), for a total of 9-13 activist participation instances. Activists knocked on 573 doors and made 179 calls. AFP-NH as a whole, which included 5 full-time staff and 7 part-time staff (and plenty of other volunteers recruited by staff), knocked on 3,221 doors and made 11,215 calls. Meaning, the Rights Brigade did almost 20% of the overall door knocking effort, projecting AFP’s field director who handled all RB volunteers to second place in the entire nation for the week. [Read more…]

Rights Brigade Helps AFP-NH in Hampton Special Election

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Over the last week, the Rights Brigade joined the New Hampshire chapter of Americans for Prosperity (AFP) in conducting a get-out-the-vote (GOTV) operation for a special election in Hampton for state representative.

One of the candidates for state representative signed AFP’s pledge to, among other things, vote against tax and spending increases, and adhere to the Constitution of both the United States and New Hampshire. Because of this, AFP agreed to conduct a GOTV operation in his district to mobilize pro-liberty voters. AFP is a nonpartisan nonprofit, so voters are only encouraged generally to vote.

Rights Brigade activists participated in AFP-organized phone banks, one in Manchester on Tuesday and one in Dover on Thursday, calling Hampton voters to encourage them to vote. Then, activists went door-to-door on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday to talk with voters in person and leave literature on doors.

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In total, Rights Brigade activists conducted 5-7 operations (Saturday and Sunday each had two teams going simultaneously). 5 activists participated (9 if you count accompanying children) for a total of 9-13 activist participation instances. In total, 573 doors were reached and 179 calls were made as part of this collaboration. As a whole, AFP New Hampshire and its volunteers reached 3221 doors and made 11,215 calls. That means that the Rights Brigade’s all-volunteer force of 5 activists made up about 18% of AFP-NH’s door output. Not bad when you consider they had 5 full-time and 7 part-time staff participating, all of whom were also tasked with recruiting volunteers to help.

Most political organizations need to do some major fundraising in order to acquire and pay enough professional talent to pull off an operation of this scale. The Rights Brigade made a strong showing in the New Hampshire political scene this last week despite being a volunteer-only activism organization with basically no budget.

We can always use more activists! Changing the world is a huge task, and the more that get involved, the better. If you’d like to help us out, please contact us and let us know you’re interested!

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Jury rights outreach – Brentwood (3/7/16)

Today, BJ Mumford and I were joined by Emmy Andersen at the Rockingham County Superior Court in the seacoast of New Hampshire for jury nullification outreach.  Several weeks ago, Emmy had received a pamphlet regarding jury nullification when she was at this court for other matters and after looking over the pamphlet decided to join in on the outreach efforts.  This was Emmy’s first time doing jury activism and after today’s successful event I’m sure it won’t be the last!

IMG_5795Jury 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.

Today was the last of 4 selection sessions from the February 8th group and virtually all who entered the court had already received a pamphlet in previous weeks.  Still, another 7 people accepted a new pamphlet this week.  While we were there 2 separate defense attorneys stopped briefly and thanked us for being at the court every week.  Later, a group of 3 men exited the court and on their way by one man asked us what we were doing.  BJ told him that we were handing out jury nullification information and the man made some insulting remarks about the practice.  It wasn’t confirmed, but all 3 men were dressed similarly and had the look of off duty law enforcement officers so their opinions on nullification weren’t a surprise!

Monday, March 21st will be the first selection day for the next round of potential jurors and we will be there to hand out information starting at 8am.  Feel free to us then or check the calendar for future activism events!