100 days ago Mark Schmidter began his 141-day jail sentence. His crime? He handed out this jury rights flyer (PDF) to passersby on the sidewalk
outside the Orange County Courthouse in Florida. This was something he’d done openly many times before at the same courthouse.
What horrible, despicable flyer was he passing around? Child Pron? Death threats to cops? Lil green men from the moon which is made of blue cheese?
No, he was posting a "know your rights flyer" to jurors.
But in the summer of 2011, Schmidter was arrested for flyering outside a designated “free speech zone.” This zone was ordered by Judge Belvin
Perry during the Casey Anthony trial, which he presided over. A crafty enemy of jury rights advocacy, Perry had drafted another administrative order
earlier that year banning “the dissemination of leaflets and other materials containing written information tending to influence summoned jurors as
they enter the courthouse.”
Ah, the "anti-free speech zones" now rear and show their ugly head & purpose.
Can I haz cheeze to go on my stasi-burger? Thx.
edit on 2-8-2013 by schadenfreude because: (no reason given)
I think that people that are arrested and detained for cases such as this should be considered political prisoners.
If and when he gets out, I would pay a visit to the nearest embassy from the country of his choice and request political
Jury nullification is one of those things that the courts are afraid to death of. They have officers assault and arrest these people, they even tell
juries that they are ordered to ignore those flyers. Which is a lie and under color of authority I'm pretty sure that's a crime.
I recall learning about that in government class in high school......not!
Jury nullification is such a powerful tool for justice it is a wonder it isn't given
an entire semester. If I were in charge EVERY American that went thru the public school system
would know very well the parameters and applications of jury nullification.
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