Rich Paul Speaks to House Judicial Committee on Jury Nullification

As part of NHJury.com’s new mission, we’re reaching out to help educate legislators about Jury Nullification. To that end, board members Rich Paul and I went to speak with the NH house judiciary committee on a recent bill regarding expanding protections to a jury nullification defense, HB 246.

NHJury.com‘s board members will continue testifying in the upcoming weeks as there are even better jury nullification bills that are still-to-come to the committee. Rich’s testimony was caught on camera, but a malfunction prevented mine from being recorded:


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Jury Nullification Advocate Rich Paul Out of Jail, Off Probation!

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NH Jury nullification advocate Rich Paul is out of jail! Rich recently spent a few extra months in jail in order to no longer have probation when he got out. (Though he is still on a suspended sentence.)  Activists convoyed out and picked him up this morning at 6am, then stopped by Central Square to enjoy a smoke, followed by breakfast downtown.  Later today, Rich will have lunch with friends.

Video of his release to come – watch Free Keene for an update.  Rich is excited to get started expanding NH Jury as an activist and outreach organization.

Don’t miss Rich speaking at Keenevention 2014 this October 31st through November 2nd – tickets are available now for $60 USD or BTC. Pre-event ticketing is limited to just 100, so don’t wait until the day-of to buy!

Rich Paul Appeal to Be Heard June 18th at NH Supreme Court

richpaul2014Rich Paul, a noted cannabis legalization activist in New Hampshire, was convicted in 2013 of selling cannabis. He served a “county year” in jail. Now, his appeal brief has been filed, and his case will be heard by the New Hampshire Supreme Court on June 18 at 9:00 AM.

Supporters of Jury Nullification and ending cannabis prohibition will be gathering at the Supreme Court around 8:30 AM.

Supporters who enter the court are asked to be respectful and non-disruptive.

The issue at law is the question of whether the judge’s jury instructions violated the statute that makes the defense of “Jury Nullification” permissible in New Hampshire.

Here’s a facebook event for the hearing.

Rich Paul Trial

In Keene, NH,   the trial of Rich Paul began today.  He’s a  noted marijuana activist facing up to 81 years for selling plant matter that approx. 1/3 of all Americans have consumed at one time or another in their lives. Statistically speaking it is likely that at least 4 of the jurors on his case have consumed marijuana at one time or another.  Did this make the person they may have obtained it from a criminal that should be jailed for 81 years?

Paul was set up by the FBI, the New Hampshire State Drug Task Force and a “concerned citizen” (unsavory informant) in the spring of 2012 .   Not surprisingly, the concerned citizen / informant was “cooperating” with law enforcement in order to reduce or eliminate his own pending drug charges.   Of course “cooperating” can mean many things depending upon your point of view and how tight the vise gripping certain parts of your anatomy is being turned.  To Paul’s credit, he chose the correct moral path and refused to “cooperate”. This is probably because he can discern that something legal isn’t always morally right and something illegal isn’t necessarily morally wrong.

As the trial approached Paul was offered a plea deal of  “no jail time” if he would forego the trial.    Which begs the question, If Rich Paul is such a dangerous “criminal” why would the state offer him a plea deal of no jail time?  Perhaps it’s because the State is afraid that if principled people like Rich Paul continue to stand up and demand a trial, the State’s practice of putting people in jail for victimless crimes will come into question, as it should.   Also, the State seems deathly afraid to risk the chance that ONE principled juror will recognize the courage it takes to stand up and maybe, just maybe see through the sham that is this ridiculous thing called “the war on drugs.”  Not guilty.   Two words that no juror can be ever be punished for saying.   Two words conscientious jurors uttered to help end slavery in the United States and that hastened the end of the prohibition of alcohol. Two words that strengthen the concept that each and everyone of us, should own our own bodies.

Of course now that the trial has begun, the state will do everything it can to get a conviction.   Should that happen, it raises another question of a more rhetorical nature.  If  just one day before this trial the state was willing to negotiate a plea that involved no jail time, they were essentially acknowledging what many of us already know.  That Rich Paul doesn’t belong in jail and poses no threat to other people.  However, by showing the courage to stand up Paul is a very real threat.  Not to you or me mind you, but to those that make a living chasing people for behavior that involves a substance far less harmful than that which the State of New Hampshire sells, alcohol.

Courage isn’t always following arbitrary rules.  That’s obedience.  Blind obedience is what the State wants. Rich Paul needs at least ONE PRINCIPLED  JUROR to show the kind of courage he has shown.  One is all it takes.

 

Video of the Jury Nullification Panel @ Keenevention 2015

Jury Nullification Panel @ Keenevention 2015

The First Jury Nullification Panel @ Keenevention

NH Jury board member James Davis headed up Keenevention‘s first-ever panel on some of 2015’s hottest activism – jury nullification. Nullification outreach really took off in 2015, spreading from Keene and Grafton to six other courthouses across the state.

Where do we go from here? Expert jury outreach panelists included Rich Paul of the Church of the Invisible Hand, Cathleen Converse who successfully nullified charges against a cannabis grower, Derrick J Freeman of Flaming Freedom, and Ian Freeman of Free Keene.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9MHc4mDY70

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