John Connell 54, Pastor of the Peaceful Assembly Church of Grafton ,NH has been informing jurors of their rights for about 20 years. He began doing this while living and working in Salem, Massachusetts fulltime. Upon learning years ago that juror’s were routinely misled by unscrupulous government employees and often ignorant of what their rightful powers are, he decided to act.
Connell was a regional coordinator for FIJA or the Fully Informed Jury Association for several years in the 1990s. Additionally he has provided testimony at State Legislative hearings as well as enaging the public regularly regarding “jury nullification topics. Lately he’s taken to sporting some signs along route 4 touting NHJury.com. (thanks John!) . Both of these organizations, FIJA.ORG and NHJury.com focus on raising awareness of jurors and the public in general.
No matter what the brand is, John reasoned that the primary goal, to inform people of the proper role of a juror is so important that he’s spent countless hours and lots of his own money over the years trying to achieve this. We whole heartedly commend all of those efforts.
Recently Pastor John authored a town warrant article:
To see if the Town shall notify the voters of Grafton of their natural and historic right and responsibility as jurors, sitting on juries in all cases including grand juries, to judge the law as well as the facts before them, a right recognized by the State of New Hampshire with the passage of HB146 (Laws of 2012, c.243) and codified as RSA 519:23-a, which states that “in all criminal proceedings the court shall permit the defense to inform the jury of its right to judge the facts and the application of the law in relation to the facts in controversy.” The information shall be sent by the Town to all voters individually via first-class mail, and shall be prepared entirely by volunteers, information which may include pamphlets prepared by the Fully Informed Jury Association, a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) organization. All costs shall be paid using voluntarily raised funds.
John figured that since runaway government had kept jurors knowledge of their rights in the shadows, he’d use the town warrant article process to heal the damage done. Connell thinks this idea may catch on and other peaceful individuals may want to try this in their town. He mentioned he’d be happy to show people how easily they could do this too, just contact him at John@Peacefulassemblychurch.org. or (603) 523-7111.
The warrant article got a lot of votes, but in the end it didn’t pass. Undaunted Connell intends to see this project thru. He’ll use his personal funds along with a few donations from friends and supporters.
Please join NHJury.com in giving John a big thumbs up and consider giving a small donation to help fund this project. You might save an innocent person.