On Free Talk Live earlier this week, we discussed the recent arrest of a jury nullification activist in Colorado and compared it to the awesome nullification outreach that we are seeing happen statewide here in New Hampshire:
From USA Today:
A Colorado man is charged with seven felonies for attempting to educate jurors on their rights and duties.
Carey Wedler of Anti-Media reports.
NHJury.com has been running an ongoing contest looking for ideas to help us start the organization. We have a grant of $500, provided by the Civil Disobedience Evolution Fund. With this, we have been awarding up to $50 for ideas that make sense to the goal of starting NHJury.com. This week, we are announcing two ideas that we like:
- SteveZ suggested that we buy Google Adwords for terms such as "how to get out of jury duty" and target them at people in New Hampshire. This idea earned SteveZ 30 bucks.
- Andrew recommended an approach to fundraising proffered by Freakonomics. The suggestion was that a "one-on-one exclusiveness" model be used. An example could be a raffle winner would have a one-on-one lunch or dinner with some libertarian luminary at Liberty Forum or Porcfest. Andrew gets 50 bucks for this idea.
Keep those Great Ideas coming. We’ll accept any idea, but if you have ideas on how to raise money, you’ll could be awarded more money from the CD Evolution grant.
And if you have lots of Great Ideas and some time, our Executive Director position is still open. It’s a paid position, by the way. You could do well by doing good!
Randy Clemens is a new mover to New Hampshire as part of the Free State Project. Prior to moving here, he'd never heard of Jury Nullification. Now he's an active part of the new outreach project happening at Strafford superior court in Dover, NH. Randy is also known as "The Sriracha Guy". Here's his blog on this week's successful and first-ever jury outreach in Dover. If you want to join in the fun, please join the New Hampshire Juror Outreach group on facebook.
“It is presumed, that juries are the best judges of facts; it is, on the other hand, presumed that courts are the best judges of law. But still both objects are within your power of decision… you [juries] have a right to take it upon yourselves to judge both, and to determine the law as well as the fact in controversy.” —John Jay, first U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice, State of Georgia v. Brailsford (1794)
You’re out on a leisurely walk in the city one day, simply going about your business and keeping to yourself, when… crap! People handing out informational literature. Uggghh. Don’t they have anything better to do? You’ve clearly spotted them and worse yet, they spotted you spotting them! Good luck escaping their tractor beam now!
You briefly consider reaching for your cell phone to pretend to take a call, but it’s too late. It’s clear that there’s no way to weasel out of accepting their disruptive pamphlet, so you force a polite, acknowledging smile, or construct a curious, inquisitive glance as you take the propaganda from their outstretched hand, feigning interest juuuuuussstt until you’re out of their field of view (probably), at which point you can safely discard whatever it was they were peddling without looking like a terrible, close-minded person.
Sound familiar? Or is that just the process that usually runs through my head when I see someone handing out unsolicited pamphlets? (To be fair, it is usually promotional garbage trying to get us to buy something, or telling us we’re going to some version of hell if we don’t repent for our existence, etc.) Well, even despite my less-than-savory feelings about this method of interpersonal exchange, I was actually on the other side of it for the first time this week, volunteering my time to help spread awareness of an incredible right that we as Americans possess, but simply aren’t informed of: jury nullification of law. Continue Reading →
There was jury outreach in Concord today. Joel blogs here: Rights Brigade
If you'd like to join them, or organize outreach for your county, please join the New Hampshire Juror Outreach group on facebook.
As you may know, in late 2014 the NH supreme court decided against Rich Paul's appeal, claiming the "jury nullification" bill of 2012 was not in point-of-fact, a jury nullification bill. Turns out the 2012 law was gutted prior to passing and the rejected wording was more like JR Hoell's 2015 edition of the bill, HB 470. Hoell's bill was heard this week by the NH house judiciary committee. Here's the full video of the hearing, which in addition to liberty-loving activists speaking, includes the "justice" bureaucrats trying their best to dissuade the committee from supporting having the jury being informed of their full rights:
NHJury.com is sponsoring an ongoing contest looking for Great Ideas to help kick-start the organization. We have $500, provided by the Civil Disobedience Evolution Fund. We will award up to $50 for ideas that we like. Here are the ideas we like this week, and the amount of money awarded:
- smashley suggested that we organize a music festival to raise money and awareness. We're not sure exactly how to pull this off, but the idea definitely has potential. This idea earned smashley 50 bucks.
- budvoss suggested that we hand out pamphlets at the DMV. Since the jury pool is selected from voter rolls and DMV licenses, this would allow us to reach people who might not otherwise be exposed to our outreach at courtrooms. budvoss gets 20 bucks for this idea.
- Magic Mist suggested outreach similar to the Stamp Stampede movement where supporters could stamp dollar bills with "Google jury nullification" or some other message that would expose people to our message. That idea is worth 20 bucks. Magic Mist has asked that Rich Paul receive the award.
- Any suggested that we identify activists in the New Hampshire jury nullification movement and host pages with the activists' information with the ability for supporters to send donations directly to the activist. For this, Any gets 20 bucks.
- Darryl Perry suggested that the Executive Director and board members of NH Jury go to Concord to testify at committee hearings where jury nullification legislation is discussed. Thanks for the idea, Daryl! It's worth a Jackson.
- Finally, Danny Sprinkle came up with a clever idea that at first seems counterproductive. Danny suggested that we create a flyer titled, "How to Get Out of Jury Duty". For most people the desire to get out of jury duty is orders of magnitude greater than the desire to get on a jury to do justice. Playing the role of Trojan Horse, the flyer could be filled with information explaining jury nullification and the juror's power to judge the law as well as facts, and how judges don't like this kind of subversion in their courtrooms. The flyer would then provide helpful instructions on how to get yourself dismissed: "Show this flyer to the judge" or "Tell the court that 'I will judge the law'".One idea would be to hand these out at the courthouse on jury selection day and video record. The authorities will go nuts. Sooner or later judges may start to get wise to this transparent ruse and force those who use it to serve on juries. Brilliant. For this, Danny gets 30 bucks.
Keep those Great Ideas coming. We'll accept any idea, but if you have ideas on how to raise money, you'll could be awarded more money.
And if you have lots of Great Ideas and some time, our Executive Director position is still open. It's a paid position, by the way. You could do well by doing good!
NHJury.com has been around for a few years, but really hasn't done much more than cover the jury nullification scene and passed out some flyers.
Jury Nullification, particularly in New Hampshire, is starting to become quite a movement, and we felt that it was time to scale up the operation so we can tell more potential jurors about their natural right of nullification.
Recently, we formed a Board of Directors and we are looking for some Great Ideas for getting this organization started.
Our friends at the Civil Disobedience Evolution Fund have offered us a $1,000 grant to jump-start NHJury.com, plus another $500 as an incentive for people to give us ideas that we can use to raise funds and get the word out about jury nullification.
Any idea is welcome, but if you want the 50 bucks, your idea should include a plan for raising funds.
We could use some help here. Go to http://nhjury.com/greatideas if you have an idea about fundraising or getting the word out. You can win up to $50 worth of FRNs, silver, or bitcoin.
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- Jury Nullification Subject of Recent National Talk Radio Show
- USA Today Opinion Piece: Nullifying juries more interested in justice than some prosecutors
- Man Arrested, Charged with Multiple Felonies for Telling Jurors About Their Rights
- New “Great Ideas”
- The Sriracha Guy Reports on Jury Outreach in Dover, NH