It was a beautiful sunny day, there was a cool breeze, so I returned to the Federal Court house at 299 East Broward Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and handed out 53 brochures to passers by.
Later I attended the good home of Jim and Corrin DiPasquale for a constitution class.
Jim and Corrin run a couple of meetup groups.
There were more than twenty people who attended, that were all concerned about the future of the country. The class was done with an excellent power point presentation, of which Jim and Corrin talked to knowledgeably.
Information was readily available, CD’s, booklets, leaflets and even a free pocket-sized constitution.
Many of the people that attended the class had some good questioned which were answered very professionally.
I was amazed that a good number of people in the group did not know about certain things, including ” The Rights of the Individual” and what a “Republic” really is.
The group were very receptive to me, and also to the information about the right of a juror to veto bad laws that I gave them.
Jim and Corrin did a great job and I think that they should do this on a monthly basis, maybe rent a room and advertise the idea by handing out flyers in public places. I can not wait for the next one.
At Panera Bread in Orlando, Florida I met with People United for Medical Marijuana (PUFMM) for an all day meeting. It was a meeting of the minds to strategically plan their campaign to legalize medical marijuana.
In speaking to the 3o or so people in the room, I explained that: Jurors can nullify bad laws by refusing to convict people being tried under those laws. When jurors refuse to convict, legislators and prosecutors know the law is NOT supported by the community. Acquittals and hung juries are politically embarrassing to legislators, power craving prosecutors, bureaucrats, and most judges.
It costs many lives to establish a jury system designed to protect our individual rights. One informed person on each jury can regain these rights!
I also explained to the group, that the government seems to think that it owns their body. By the government making a law stating that an individual can NOT put marijuana in his or her body, in fact does mean that the government owns that individuals body.
The group seemed to be receptive to the information that I gave them. I gave the members of the group a mixture of brochures, and asked them to join me around the court houses around Florida.
We shall see what happens.
I greeted everyone that walked by, nearly everyone of the people that I said good morning to took a brochure from me.
Then around 8:20AM the police showed up, not just one, not two but three. Am I that big of threat that three police officers need to show up to a guy that is just handing out educational information on the sidewalk?
Officer Hospodavis #1200 from the Fort Lauderdale police department asked me what I was doing. I told him that I was handing out educational information to the public. He asked me if he could see and I handed him a couple of brochures.
The officer said that someone by the name of George had called and said that I was harassing people. I explained that I am just handing out information and if people don’t want it that is fine, there is no confrontation here. I say good morning, good afternoon, I hand out the information and if the person does not take I tell them to have a good day.
The officer then proceeded to then give me a course on how to hand out information and telling me that standing directly in front of someone could be construed as harassment. He explained that I must stand to the side and offer the information, and that I must not push this on people. I truly thought at this point that Ashton Kutcher form the TV show Punked was going to step out of nowhere.
Not long after the police had left, an elderly gentleman wearing grey pants and a white shirt came out of the building behind me. I greeted him and offered him a brochure. He asked me what is was that I was offering him and I told him that it is educational information on jury duty and your rights as a juror. The gentleman then implied that I was trying to tamper with the jury and that he was going to call the police. I explained to him that the police had just been, three of them, but if he wants to waste tax payers money and the polices time, when they could be catching real criminals, go right ahead call them.
What is so wrong in handing information out to people?
What are these people so afraid of?
What is really going on in The Federal Court House in Fort Lauderdale?
Why are they doing their utmost to intimidate me?
Gandhi said “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
I handed out 187 brochures to people passing by; I do not know their business, I do not want to know their business and I am certainly NOT trying to interfere or tamper with any members of a jury. The materials that I hand out are to educate people on their rights, the people have a right if they are willing to accept the information to know this. Yet the people in the court house and the police are trying to stop me from educating people and exercising my first amendment right.
Today I went back to the Federal Court House at 299 East Broward Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The day started great and ended great, nearly everyone that I said good morning to, took a brochure. Some where going to work at the business across the street at the back of the court house and some where heading in the court house direction. Did they end up in the court house? I don’t know, I do not have X-ray vision, nor do I have sonic hearing.
Later on that morning, two Federal agents arrived at the back gate of the court house where I presume they take the prisoners in and out. The gate went up and there stood Patti Clarke with a male Federal agent. They came across and asked “Do you mind if we ask you some questions?” I replied sure.
They started to ask questions, at which this point I stopped them and said “may I have your names.” I wrote down their names and their job titles. The people that I was talking to where Patti Clarke, Juditial Security Inpector (JSI) and her superior Michael Witkowski Protective Intelligence Inspector (PII).
Michael proceeded to ask the following questions:
“Why are you down here?”
“Why the Fort Lauderdale Court House?”
“Do I now live locally?”
“Have i just moved down here?”
“Are you targeting jurors?”
I told them that I am informing the people of their rights on being an informed juror, and I have no idea why Fort Lauderdale. I asked that they contact the FIJA office to get the answer to that question.
I did not answer the questions about where I live and about moving.
I explained that I hand out the brochures to anyone passing by. People go into the building next door to work and I have given them flyers. I said that I am not targeting jurors, I do not even know who the jurors are.
They said they don’t have a problem up to now, but the judge may once he finds out. Apparently the judge is not aware of my activities outside the court house yet.
I explained that when I started doing this, that I spoke with Jason and he told me where I could stand without there being problems.
I gave them some brochures, they said they will contact the office, they left.
Today I handed out 187 brochures to passers by, I think that maybe this is getting to them.
Of course they are angry about an out of control government that is passing bills that they have not read, spending the country into more debt and taking away the rights of the people.
Many passers-by were shouting nasty and vulgar comments at the friendly Tea Party people, who are standing up for the freedom for the passers by as well. But all that these peaceful people would say back was: “God Bless You!”
The Tea Party People are exercising their first amendment right; to freedom of speech in protest to an out of control tyrannical government.
I talked to them in regards to jury nullification, they understood what I was saying and agreed that it is a good thing, that a juror should vote with his or her conscience.
There are so many bad laws on the books that the innocent, thinking they’ve nothing to fear, suddenly find that they’ve innocently violated laws they never heard of.
The group between them took about 50 brochures to distribute between their friends and relatives.
Some time in the near future I will be holding a meeting here in Fort Lauderdale, many said that they will attend and invite others.
Reason Number One To Be On A Jury
POWER TO PEOPLE LIKE YOU
This may be the most powerful moment of your life! If you are selected to sit on a jury, no one, not even the president, can make you change your vote on the verdict!
No one can make you apply a law you don’t approve of. No one can punish you for your vote on the verdict, or force you to agree with the other jurors. The whole jury system depends on people like yourself using your own best judgment and conscience to decide the fate of an accused person.
Reason Number Two
JUSTICE IN YOUR TOWN
You can do yourself and your community a great service as a juror. True justice by jury discourages crime, while a jury’s tolerance of harmless differences in the way people think and act makes life easier for everyone, maybe someday including you.
Reason Number Three
FEEDBACK TO GOVERNMENT
The verdict reached by your jury may be so important that legislators will use it to guide them in making needed revisions in the law!
Why? Certainly, a jury’s decision to apply the law shows community support and respect for that law. On the other hand, its refusal to do so, even when the evidence shows the law has been broken, shows that the community will not tolerate disobedience, and the law needs to be changed or eliminated.
06/17/10 Another successful day here at the Federal Court House 299 East Broward Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale Florida 96 educational brochures given out about FIJA http://www.florida.fija.org/
Anyone wishing to help contact me, 727.386.9192 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I will be at the Tea Party’s on Saturday June 18 and Sunday June 19 handing out information and talking to people about FIJA.
Ft. Lauderdale Tea party rally’s
Saturday June 18 2010 at Oakland Park Blvd and Federal Highway from 1pm to 3pm.
Sunday June 19 2010 Sunrise Tea party rally Oakland Park Blvd and University Drive from 1pm to 3pm.
Please join me there. You can contact me at 727.386.9192 or email me at email@example.com
Yesterday was a good day at the Federal Court House at 299 East Broward Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I made contact with a couple of people, of which two of them are attorneys. I handed out about 91 FIJA brochures to people going to the court house.
At 6:45am this morning, some of the guards at The Federal Court House at 299 E. Broward Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Florida seemed quite friendly. A couple of them said “Good morning”, they waved as we set up for the day at the parking garage behind the court house.
There was a steady stream of people walking by going to the court house. Some would accept the information that is being handed to them, some would not.
Despite the heat and the humidity, it was another good day, we handed out 181 leaflets to the people heading towards court, and nobody got arrested.
I will be back at the court house on Wednesday June 16th 2010 from 7:30am to 4:00pm. Anyone interested in helping out with this cause, please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 727.386.9192. If you have friends that live in Fort Lauderdale or the Broward County surrounding area, that are interested, please have them contact me.