Activists launch nationwide ad campaign promoting Jury Nullification
James Babb, Project Facilitator
Juror rights activists have started a nationwide campaign to educate the public about our rights if selected for jury duty.
“If you are selected for jury duty, the normal instinct is to find a way out of it. That is completely understandable, especially if you don’t understand the incredible opportunity of the juror to stop wrongful imprisonment and government tyranny,” said , project facilitator James Babb.
“Every juror has the power to say “not guilty” if they disagree with the law. Every juror has the power to judge the facts of the case, the law itself, and whether or not the law is being misapplied. This is the power of jury nullification, a centuries-old tradition that goes back to the Magna Carta. A single juror with a conscience can send a peaceful man home to his family instead of to a cage.”
On October 10th, this ad campaign began in the nation’s capitol. A large, illuminated diorama ad is on display at the Judiciary Square Metrorail station. Two imposing pylon ads are on display at the Archives station. The headline of these ads reads “Jury Duty? Know your rights!” and “Google: Jury Nullification.” Additional matching postcards have been created for street outreach.
The majority of the funds were crowd-sourced using social media. In less than one week nearly $3,000 was raised to start the campaign. Based on this success, future ad locations are in the works for New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia. If you would like to see jury nullification ads in your own town, email [email protected].
“Many of us were inspired by former Penn State professor, Dr. Julien Heicklen who has travelled the country to pamphlet near courthouses, informing potential jurors of their right to nullify bad laws. We want to build on his his work” said Babb.
Today’s “justice system” is polluted with victimless crimes and numerous unjust laws. The incarceration rate in the U.S. is the highest in the world, ranking number one for both the most prisoners and the highest percentage of people in cages. Every day, people are arrested for violating drug prohibition laws, selling raw milk or lemonade, exercising the right of self-defense… Even collecting rain water or growing a garden on your own property can get you arrested.
Babb added, “In addition to destroying the lives of peaceful people, this culture of incarceration has created an unbearable tax burden. As the “justice system” becomes more corrupt, the role of the juror becomes more important than ever.”
The ad campaign has already made waves. According to the Washington Post, “prosecutors have been scrambling to ensure that the billboard’s message doesn’t influence their cases.” An informed jury is clearly a threat to the establishment.
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