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 (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 (4/11/16)

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Today I assisted in jury nullification outreach in Brentwood.

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.

I was joined by Emmy Andersen. The selection had been cancelled. It was one of the later ones of the juror pool, which usually have very sparse pickings. It was still well worth my while to connect with Emmy and plot more wonderful things to save the world.

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 – Brentwood (4/4/16)

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The Rights Brigade was out enjoying the spring snow this week for jury nullification outreach at the Rockingham County courthouse in Brentwood, NH.

This was the third week of selection for Rockingham County jurors, and most had already received a pamphlet from the previous two weeks of outreach. BJ Mumford carried out the operation with a smile and a warm “good morning!” to the shivering citizens. 5 pamphlets were distributed to potential jurors.

Jury nullification is where a jury decides not to convict a defendant because doing so would yield an unjust result, even if the law is applicable in that case. Jury rights activists hand out informative pamphlets to jurors to educate them about their rights.

Jury rights outreach – Ossipee (4/4/16)

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The Rights Brigade once again reached Ossipee for jury nullification outreach.

Jury nullification is where a jury decides not to convict a defendant because doing so would yield an unjust result, even if the law is applicable in that case. Jury rights activists hand out informative pamphlets to jurors to educate them about their rights.

The ever-dependable Nicholas Boyle carried out the operation. The court once again cancelled the selection, leaving some jurors to show up without a clue. Nick did talk to one, and distributed the jury nullification flyer. As much as it’s important to reach as many jurors as possible with information about their rights, one-on-one conversation is more helpful to make sure they actually understand about nullification.

Jury rights outreach – Manchester (4/4/16)

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Today I conducted jury nullification outreach in an unseasonally snowy Manchester.

Jury nullification is where a jury chooses not to convict a defendant because applying the law in that case would yield an unjust result. Jury rights activists like myself inform jurors of this right via informative pamphlets provided by NH Jury.

A snowstorm blew into town, causing jurors to be much more rushed in their entry to the courthouse than usual. I was also going it alone, and the Manchester courthouse entrance has two directions of approaching jurors, making it easy for some to slip through. Still, I managed to reach most of them. No trouble and very little rudeness.

74 new jurors were reached.