Today the weather was hot and humid with an overcast sky in Fort Lauderdale.
I started the day off at the Federal Court House at: 299 East Broward Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I was joined by Chris and Greg who have become as much a part of the landscape as I have.
We handed out brochures at the Federal Court House up to 11am, then we took an early lunch.
At around 11:45am, we headed into town and while offering the brochure to passers-by, asked “Would you like to know your Jury Rights, this is information that the Judge may not tell you?” Amazingly enough, people accept the brochure and as they are walking, they start to read it straight away.
The next stop was Broward Community College / FAU. I stopped by to see Susan Hawk, who agreed that she would place the FIJA brochures in the student room. I left Ms. Hawk with about 50 brochures, before heading to the Broward County Court House at: SE 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Outside the college we stood and handed out brochures to students, we talked and explained to some what the brochures were about.
At the Fort Lauderdale County Courthouse it was busy as usual. Here I was approached by a public defender who I had handed a brochure to earlier. He told me that the information was good and that it is great that someone like me is out there educating people on Jury Nullification.
Today a total of approximately 580 brochures were distributed. My thanks go out to Chris and Greg for helping distribute brochures and educating the people of Fort Lauderdale and Broward County, Thank you guys!
Tomorrow Wednesday, September 1, 2010. I will be driving 70 miles to West Palm Beach, to attempt to re-ignite the FIJA passion and fire in a FIJA activist from the 90′s. - Stay tuned!
On Friday Greg and I met at the Federal Court House at: 299 East Broward Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The weather was overcast and it did drizzle a little from time to time.
There was not much going on with people passing by, so we took an early lunch and headed off into the center of Fort Lauderdale.
After lunch we handed brochures to people around the city center and then headed off to the county courthouse.
It is a lot busier at the county courthouse, the response when asking someone if they would like information on their rights as a juror is easier, the hand off of brochure is more accepted.
In total today we haded out approximately 470 brochures, another great day educating and fighting for freedom!
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In Miami this morning the sky was black, it was raining heavy and thundering and lightning, but that was not going to stop me from distributing my brochures in Fort Lauderdale. When I arrived at the courthouse the sky was overcast, but at least it was dry.
At the Federal Court House I was joined by Chris and Greg who are FIJA activists and have become pretty much regulars.
As usual we stood across the street next to the parking garage; because the Federal Marshals claim that the sidewalk around the Federal Court House at: 299 East Broward Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida is government property. They state that if we are caught handing out brochures we will be arrested, so we stand across the street where people park.
After lunch we headed over to the Broward County Court House at: SE 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. At the County Court House there was a lot of traffic, and the people were very receptive of the brochures.
One lady by the name of Betty, a court clerk was very enthusiastic about the brochure and wanted to know more, so I educated her on how one juror can vote with their conscience and hang the jury with Jury Veto Power!
In total today we distributed approximately 570 brochures, it was a good day all three of us were happy with the results.
Today Chris LeRoux, Alex Pruit, and Myself handed out brochures at the County Court House in Tampa, Florida.
The sky was overcast and it looked like it could rain at any moment.
I met Chris at the Federal Court House were we handed out brochures before heading to the Hillsborough Courthouse 800 E. Twiggs Street, Tampa, Florida. The courthouse did not seem as busy today as the last time we attended, but saying that it was still busy.
At around 11:40AM, it started to rain so we went and got lunch. After lunch we went back to the courthouse and we were joined by Alex Pruit.
In total today we distributed close to 1,000 brochures. Chris will be handling the Tampa bay area from here on, so I gave him 1,000 brochures to distribute at the courthouses.
By Clint Shivers, Baker County, LP.
James Cox was the guest speaker at the Northeast Libertarians gathering where he addressed about 30 people about FIJA. The presentation was engaging and the Q&A was stimulating, James did a great job representing what FIJA stands for!! That was last night, today James, Shelly, Phillip, Jim, and myself all met outside the Federal Courthouse in Jacksonville at 8:00 this morning and begun handing out materials.
We all took a quick lunch and went over to the Landing where we gave out more info to the passersby on their lunch break on the sidewalks. The hired security came out after about 45 minutes and asked us to leave so we all decided to truck it on over to the county courthouse. By this time the sun was bearing down full force and it was getting H-O-T. Despite the heat we mustered through another hour or so and managed to hand out about 750 brochures by the end of the day!
We made some friends, gathered some contacts, and James left us with a starter pack of materials so that we can continue to educate the public at large on a regular basis! Thanks to everyone who came out! Thanks to James and Shelly for taking the time to make the long drive to the Jacksonville area you guys are awesome! We hope to have you back soon.
On Friday August 20, 2010 Clint Shivers, Phil, Jim, my wife Shelly and I attended the Federal Court House in Jacksonville, Florida, at: 300 North Hogan Street Jacksonville, FL 32202.
The sun was shining and it was a wonderful day.
I went inside and took Jim with me as he wanted to witness what I had to say to the JSI (Judicial Security Inspector).
We went inside, produced state ID and was scanned. I asked one of the marshals who is the JSI, he told me that I needed to go to the second floor. On the second floor is the U.S. Marshals office. I asked the lady behind the window if I could talk to the JSI. A gentleman by the name of Larry Richter (Senior Deputy U.S. Marshal) arrived, I introduced myself and asked him for his business card. I asked him if he had any objections to us handing out brochures in front of the courthouse. He told me that we could hand them out in front of the courthouse on the sidewalk, but not on the courthouse plat. He said that in order for us to obtain permission to hand out brochures on the Federal Courthouse grounds we would have to go and talk to Mary Bono or Paula Sloan of the GSA (General Services Administration) who are on the 6th floor. Jim and I ventured up to the 6th floor, but Mary and Paula were not available. We spoke with a lady called Faye who said that she would call Mary and then come down to us outside to let us know the outcome. I left Faye with 1 copy of each of the brochures that we were handing out and my business card.
Outside we started handing out brochures to the people passing by. We were all asking people “Would you like some information on your rights as a juror?” I found that I was met with very little resistance, the people would take the brochure and say thank you.
At around 11:30 we headed to the Jacksonville landing were we had lunch.
After lunch we handed brochures out around the landing and then headed off to the county courthouse.
In total we handed out around 750 brochures to the people that we came in contact with in Jacksonville.
Clint asked me for brochures so that Phil, Jim and himself could carry on the activism at the courthouses in Jacksonville. He also told me that he will be attending more gun shows and meetings in North Florida soon. I gave Clint 600 brochures to carry on with their activism.
Once again I would like to thank Clint, Phil and Jim for helping myself and FIJA educate the people of Jacksonville on their rights as Fully Informed Jurors.
On Thursday August 19th 2010 I was invited by Clint Shivers to speak at a Libertarian Party meeting in Jacksonville, Florida. I spoke to a crowd of about thirty people who were waiting to find out about FIJA and what it is that I do.
I used the same presentation that I had used the night before and presented the same way getting the audience involved. The audience found it very interesting to learn that they could also judge the law as well as the facts of the case.
We passed out four brochures to each person and explained that once they had finished reading them to pass them on to four other people, so that the information was passed on.
I explained to the group that I would be handing out brochures at the Federal Court House in Jacksonville the following day, and also if they would join me.
The groups was very responsive to the presentation and asked questions. One gentleman asked “If I mentioned FIJA or jury nullification, would I get picked for the jury.” I explained, probably not, and he should make it his upmost importance to get selected for the jury, because of the power that he has, as a juror to do good.
It was a good meeting with lots of interest and people willing to get involved. One gentleman asked if he could come into the courthouse with me to witness what I say to the JSI (Judicial Security Inspector).
120 brochures in total were handed to the people that attended, for them to read and then pass on to other people.
I would like to thank Clint Shivers for making this possible and the people that attended.
Tonight I attended a meeting in Tampa, Florida where I spoke to a crowed of 50 people. I used the FIJA presentation that can be found here > http://fija.org/download/AmericanJuryInstitutef.ppt
I made the presentation interactive, by picking people out of the audience to read aloud the slides on the presentation.
Through the presentation I explained the importance of Jury Veto Power, and how this can save innocent people from being fined or imprisoned.
I handed out three brochures to every individual. I then asked them to first of all read the brochure; then the next time they are in line, strike up a conversation about jury rights, and hand one of the brochures to that person.
The people loved it, some of them even asked “When is the next time your going to be at the courthouse?”
Tonight was very enjoyable and the people got the message.
Tomorrow night I will be speaking in front of a large crowed at the Libertarian Party Meeting in Jacksonville, Florida. The meeting starts at 6:30pm and ends at 8:30pm and the venue is: Piccadilly meeting facility 5950 Ramona Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32205
Some of the NE Libertarians went down to the Florida Liberty Summit on Friday and while there we all got to meet James Cox. Really cool guy that James is, he gave us a boat load of brochures on jury rights to hand out at a gun show that the Duval county group set up for that weekend.
After getting back from the Florida Liberty Summit (which was awesome by the way) a group of FIJA supporting Libertarians spent the remainder of the weekend manning a booth at a local gun show in Jax handing out the info we got from James the night before. We all handed out about 250 brochures and invitations to the Jury Nullification event with James Cox here in Jacksonville on August 19th @ 6:30pm (Piccadilly meeting facility 5950 Ramona Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32205).
From Libertarians and Liberty Campaigners to Republican Liberty Caucusers and gun enthusiasts, everyone is getting excited to hear James speak this Thursday! Then to cap it off on Friday there will be a group of us outside the Jacksonville Federal Courthouse (300 North Hogan Street Jacksonville, FL 32202) handing out jury rights information, this will be a really fun experience!! Thanks to everyone who helped out this weekend, with people like you and those involved in FIJA all fighting for liberty then victory over our oppressors has to be a certainty!
Today was an Awesome day for the Tampa FIJA Team. The sun was shining and not a rain cloud in sight.
As always everything was peaceful at the Tampa Federal Court House at: 801 North Florida Avenue Tampa, FL 33602. The Marshals there always say hello and ask how I am doing.
I was joined later by my good friend Chris Leroux, who has attended almost every time that I have been in Tampa. Chris has also been asking the owners at smoke shops to leave brochures in the store, and has been very successful around the Saint Petersburg area.
Around 11AM we decided to move up to the Hillsborough Courthouse at: 800 E. Twiggs St, Tampa, FL. This is a very busy courthouse with very little resistance of excepting the brochures.
At 12pm we went to lunch at the greyhound bus station, where we left brochures.
We returned to the Hillsborough Courthouse and we were join by Alex Pruit who joined the Tampa Bay group a few weeks back.
The traffic of people at this court house is terrific, if you stop to take a drink of water you can miss three or four people. When you are busy the day goes by real fast, and today certainly did.
Today was the best day so far for educating and distributing brochures. We distributed one thousand three hundred and ninety six brochures in Tampa today. Awesome job guys, keep up the great work!