Mar 12, 2013 · 8:00 AM
(The date is definite, the time is not. More details will be released as people organize locally, for now save the date. If you're interested in hosting a celebration near you, contact Mike Salvi)
Celebrate the right of a juror to nullify bad laws.
Print some pamphlets and head to your local courthouse.
"Judge" Belvin Perry doesn't think that the freedom of speech exists near "his" courthouse in Orlando, Florida. He has even abused his power to imprison an innocent man for legally distributing factual information on a public sidewalk.
What information could be so powerful that this "Judge" would write and enforce his own edicts to prevent it's distribution? Mr. Perry is scared that if jurors understand the centuries old tradition of jury nullification, his power to railroad victimless "criminals" may be undermined. He is correct. A fully informed jury is our last peaceful safeguard against tyranny.
On Tuesday, March 12, we will celebrate the right of jurors to protect innocent people from bad or misapplied laws.
Mr. Perry and other authoritarian "judges" will understand that efforts to suppress our freedom of speech will backfire. If he intends to keep jurors uninformed, the result will the education of thousands of potential jurors.
This is an easy operation. That be done safely with some minimal precautions. Find a few friends and plan a visit to a public sidewalk near a local courthouse.
1) The best time to arrive at the courthouse is at least one hour before jurors are ordered to arrive. Other good times are during lunch and when the court closes in the afternoon. Check your local court schedule. Ultimately, any time you can be there is helpful.
2) Public sidewalks near juror parking lots or court entrances are best.
3) We pamphlet to all members of the general public.
4) Don't go alone. Groups of three are recommended, more if there are multiple entry points. Stay in groups.
5) Police will probably leave you alone. If they question you, film all encounters.
6) Pamphleting is NOT soliciting. You have a protected right to pamphlet on public sidewalks. However, if they illegally order you to leave, it's probably best to obey. It's better to challenge them later.
Distributing FIJA Literature in Front of Courthouses
Flyers to download and print:
A History of Jury Nullification
Learn about political prisoner Mark Schmidter: