Thursday June 10th 2010 we returned to the Federal Court House in Fort Lauderdale Florida to continue handing out FIJA information. I decided to take some picture of us handing out information to people going to the court house. One of the guards took a disliking to us doing this and asked me to go over to the other side of the road. He directed us to the sidewalk that I was previously told I was not permitted to use. He then told me that we can not hand out information and we can not take photographs of the Federal Court House building. I explained that I had already talked to Jason the supervisor of the Federal Marshals and he had told me where I can and can not stand. The guard told me that he was going to go and talk to Jason and see about this.

I had an inclination to what was going to happen next so Greg an I went around to the front of the church on East Broward Blvd.

Around the corner came Jason the supervisor accompanied with a female, who later we find out her name to be Patricia Clark (Jason’s Boss). As they walk around on the opposite side of the road, Patricia pulls out either a camera phone or a camera and starts taking photos. They proceed to the steps where they start to make phone calls. Within five minutes a police car arrives and they start talking to the police. Patricia and the police officer walk over to where Greg and I are standing.

Patricia asks me “what are you doing?“ I explained educating people on jury duty. The police officer said “Don’t you think that the Judge can do that?” To which I replied “I don’t know I am not in the court house.” She told me that she was Jason’s boss and wanted to know if we have been taking photographs of the Federal Court House. The police officer asked us for our ID’s, which we complied. Patricia asked if she could have some of the information that we were handing out, which I gave her. She told me that it is illegal to take photographs of a Federal Building. I said that we were not taking photos of the Federal Building we were taking photo’s of one another handing information to interested parties. Greg told them that it’s his first amendment right to hand out information and the police officer laughed.

During the day we handed out 132 pieces of literature to people heading toward the court house from the parking lot and other areas on the opposite side of the road near the court house.

We plan to be back on Monday June 14th between 6:30am and 4pm EST at The Federal Court House 299 East Broward Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Anyone wishing to help out educate individuals on being fully informed jurors, please join us. You can contact me at james.cox@fija.org or call me on 727.386.9192. I am also on facebook and you can also join the FIJA Florida facebook group

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