The weather was overcast, warm and very humid, so I ventured out to the Tampa Federal Court House at: 801 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL.

I met Chris LeRoux around 8:30AM and I ventured inside to talk to the JSI, Mr. Hilton Marquette.  Mr Marquette was not in the office, so I asked for someone that could make a decision.  The gentleman in the reception told me that Gary Scevola would be out shortly to talk to me.  Within five minutes Mr. Scevola (Criminal Investigator, Deputy United States Marshal) came out, I introduced myself and shook his hand.  Just like all the contacts that I have had with Federal Marshals in other city’s I asked him “Do you have any objections to me handing out educational materials outside this Federal Court House?”  Mr. Scevola asked me what the educational materials were about and I explained that they were about information for jury duty.  I explained that I had left them downstairs but I could go down and get them and bring them back up for him to look at. He told me thats okay he would come down, look at the materials and then explain where I can stand.

When we got outside I showed him all the materials which he looked at and said “Okay you can hand these out, but you must stay on the sidewalk as that is city property.”  He explained that we can not come up the steps as that is Federal property and we are not allowed to hand out information there.  I asked Mr. Scevola for a card which he gave me and I thanked him for taking the time out of his schedule to come down stairs, look at the material and then giving us the go ahead to educate people on the sidewalk in front of the court house.Me and Chris LeRoux

Later that day we did have a little rain and we were also questioned by some of the Federal Marshals, who tried to tell us that we can not hand out the info until we told them that Mr. Scevola had given us permission.

Today Chris and I handed out 206 brochures to the general public that passed by.

I would like to thank Chris LeRoux and I would also like to thank once again Mr. Scevola for being understanding and taking his time to show us where we can stand so that we would not be arrested.

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