On Wednesday, May 4, Emberlea and I returned to Tampa to distribute FIJA brochures and educate people on jury nullification.
As always we started at the Federal Courthouse at 801 N. Florida Avenue Tampa Florida. We said good morning to the Federal Marshal and passed out brochures for approximately thirty minutes. We then headed to the Hillsborough County Courthouse at 800 E. Twiggs Street, Tampa, Florida.
At the county courthouse we met up with Matt Leffler & Kay Newton who I had agreed to meet there. I gave Matt & Kay brochures and explained to them what to do. As always we took an early lunch and then headed into town to distribute brochures amongst the people that were on lunch.
After an hour we returned to the county courthouse to distribute brochures to the people there.
Today we distributed approximately 800 brochures in and around Tampa, another great day for FIJA activism and outreach.
A big thank you to Emberlea, Matt and Kay.
On Thursday, April 28th Emberlea and I returned to the courthouses in Tampa to distribute Fully Informed Jury Information, to educate the people on their right to judge the facts of a case and also to judge the law.
The sky was clear and it was hot and humid.
As always we started at the Federal courthouse at 801 N. Florida Avenue Tampa, Florida. The Federal courthouse is always quiet, there are not many people going in or out, and those that are, are mainly attorneys. After sticking around for thirty minutes we moved on to the Hillsborough County Courthouse at 800 E. Twiggs Street, Tampa, Florida. Normally there is a big audience at the county courthouse, but todays numbers seemed to be down. As always we took an early lunch, then headed into town to Lykes Gaslike Park to catch people on their lunch break. After an hour of handing out brochures at the park, we headed back to the courthouse, passing out brochures to every passerby.
Back at the county courthouse we continued to pass out brochures and have conversations with people about jury nullification.
Today we passed out approximately 640 brochures.
By: Emberlea McCulligh
Today, James Cox and I went to the Federal Courthouse, the County Courthouse and Lykes Gaslight Park in Tampa to distribute FIJA brochures. The first place we started at was the Federal Courthouse, but there was no activity at the time. Next we walked over to the County courthouse and talked and handed out brochures to many people. Some people asked questions and some didn’t. Some didn’t want any brochures, but most did. At lunch time, we headed over to Lykes Gaslight Park, where many people were sitting on benches and walking through the beautiful downtown park. We had some interesting comments and conversations with various individuals. James had a discussion with a couple about just what FIJA and its outreach and activism does. After that we headed back to the county courthouse. After an interesting discussion with a gentleman about not having any rights and the uselessness of voting, we continued to distribute brochures. All in all, it was a wonderful experience and I thoroughly enjoyed distributing important information that all people have the need to know. Today we distributed approximately 800 brochures and later James & I made the following video.
The police asked the group to go back behind the palm trees at the county courthouse. Cox told the officer “We will comply, we are peaceful people just asserting our First Amendment right”.
Cox gave a brochure to a lady who started reading it to another lady that was sat with her.
The brochures were accepted by the majority of people, and the majority that rejected them said that they already had one from a previous time.
All in all a great day for activism. The group distributed over 400 brochures to the people.
The weather in Tampa, Florida started off damp and windy, but later on in the day the sun came out and it was quite pleasant.
As usual I started off at the Federal courthouse passing out brochures to people passing by, and going in and out of the courthouse.
After an hour I headed up to the county courthouse, where there are a lot more people to educate an hand brochures to.
Today the main brochure that I was passing out was the one entitled, ‘Who Owns Your Body?’ brochure. The FIJA Who Owns Your Body? brochure is my favorite. The content is neutral, and regardless of the peoples’ beliefs, it explains that our rights have been turned into permissions granted or denied by government. The brochure explains that the government assumes that it owns our bodies by telling us what we can consume, and what we may possess.
Government has made so many inferior laws, and these laws contradict the Constitution and common law. When you serve on a jury, you have a right to vote with your conscience, and refuse to convict if you think that the defendant is being tried under a bad law. It only takes one person to vote not guilty and hang the jury. If enough people start doing this, it will send a message to the prosecutors, judges and legislators, telling them that that particular law is not supported by the community.
As always I took an early lunch and then afterwards headed off into Lykes Gaslike Park to catch people on their lunch break.
As soon as the park went quiet, I headed back to the courthouse handing out brochures to people on the way.
With all these people outside I took the opportunity to pass out brochures to them. Some of the people were frustrated, because they had taken time off work to deal with their court business and did not know if their case was going to be heard that day.
I had a great day today, I handed out approximately 600 brochures.
I returned to Tampa, Florida to do outreach, first at the Federal courthouse and then on to the county courthouse.
The weather was still cold, but the sun did manage to shine through the overcast sky.
I was joined by three new FIJA activists, Jessica, Loring and Michelle all from the Tampa bay area.
The Federal courthouse was dead, so after about forty minutes we left and headed up to Hillsborough county courthouse. Here as always there are a lot of people.
We took an early lunch and headed back into town. After lunch we headed into the city center to Lykes Gaslike Park, ready for all the people getting out of work for their lunch.
Approximately around one o’clock we headed back to the county courthouse to carry on distributing Jury Nullification brochures.
Today was another good day we distributed approximately 1,050 brochures.
The weather was not warming up in Florida; if anything it was getting colder. It was so cold that there were no marshals outside the building.
I picked Julian up from his hotel room and drove over to Tampa to meet Chris LeRoux. After parking the car our first stop was the Federal Courthouse at 801 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, Florida. It was so cold that there were no marshals outside the building. It was only after we showed up that one came out to greet us.
We stuck around for 30 or so minutes and then headed over to the county courthouse, where all the action is.
We met Alex Pruitt at the at the Hillsborough County Courthouse located at 800 E. Twiggs St, Tampa, Florida. This courthouse gets thousands of visitors a day, and it was there that we set to work handing out brochures to the public.”
Here is a little video showing how effective we are:
Despite the weather it was a good day. We handed out just over 1,100 FIJA brochures.
The morning started off overcast, cold and damp, but by noon the sky was clear and it was warm.
I arrived at the Federal Courthouse and the Marshal outside said good morning. (Today there was no, I want to search your bag, LOL!) I stuck around for about an hour handing out maybe 20 brochures. The Federal Courthouse for the size of it is very quiet, not much going on at all.
I headed over to the County Courthouse at 800 E Twiggs Street Tampa Florida, and started to distribute FIJA brochures.
I would like to point out as it is a concern for many that want to get involved. I have never been arrested for my activism with FIJA ,nor do I intend to get arrested. My videos show on the YouTube FIJAFL Channel how to be effective and remain safe.
Today I distributed 500 FIJA brochures.
The weather seems to have cooled off now here in Florida. Today was sunny with a cools breeze and no humidity.
I arrived at the Federal Courthouse at: 801 N. Florida Avenue Tampa Florida and started to distribute FIJA brochures. Within a minute there was a Marshal stood at the side of me. I had never seen this guy before. He said “I would like to search your bag.” I said what for?” He said “It’s a matter of security.” I said “I don’t consent to searches.” He said “Well I need to search it.” I said “No!” “This is city property it is not owned by the Federal Government.” He said “Well as you can see we don’t even allow for parking for the public around the courthouse.” “I want to search your bag.” I said “No, I do not consent to searches, under what jurisdiction?” At this point he turned away and started to talk into his radio. Within twenty seconds about five Marshals appeared (these guys all know who I am, I have spoken to all these Marshals on previous occasions). One asked “Who is he calling about, you?” I said “I guess.” He laughed. The supervisor came out and spoke to the Marshal, who then stayed on the plat and never came back to search my bag. LOL.
After sticking around for about 30 minutes, I made my way over to the Hillsborough Courthouse 800 E. Twiggs Street, Tampa, Florida. Today seemed slower than the norm.
This is me handing out FIJA brochures out side the County Courthouse, Tampa, Florida.
Today was another good day, I handed out approximately 530 brochures.
Another wonderful day of FIJA activism here in Tampa, Florida.
Clear blue sky, sun shining down with a nice cool breeze.
Today Chris LeRoux and I met at the parking lot; we then made our way up to the Federal Courthouse where we hung out for 20 minutes or so, before leaving to go to the Hillsborough County Courthouse.
Chris and I set up, he was at one end of the courthouse I was at the other.
We were joined at lunch time by Emberlea McCulligh who looks like she will be a regular with FIJA.
Here is video of Chris LeRoux handing out FIJA brochures.
Video of Emberlea handing out FIJA brochures
Today we handed out 1,650 brochures at the courthouse. GREAT JOB!