On Thursday, January 13, 2011 I traveled from Clearwater, Florida to Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee to talk to the Young Americans for Liberty Group (YAL).  The group meets every week on campus to discuss the political, economical situation, and the free exchange of  ideas.

At the meeting there were fifteen students present, one of them had travelled two hundred and sixty miles from Orlando, Florida to listen to me speak about FIJA and Jury Nullification.

I started my presentation with wording off the front of the FIJA brochure Who Owns Your Body?

Throughout history, kings and dictators claimed ownershipof everyone’s body as a way to control all people and their actions. The U.S. Constitution reversed that flawed form of government. But now, government again claims the power of kings, seizing ownership of your body. Their actions, rather than their lies, prove that the government holds no compassion or respect for you. To government, your body is merely a working device it owns, to be taxed. ~ The Jury is your defense.

I explained to the group that the mission of FIJA is to inform all Americans about their rights, authority, and responsibilities when serving as trial jurors. And that when they serve on a jury, they have an option and the responsibility to render a verdict based on their conscience and on their sense of justice, as well as on the merits of the law.

I encouraged the group that if they are summoned to serve on a jury, that they should.  That, it is their duty to protect fellow citizens from tyrannical prosecutions and bad unfair laws imposed by government.

In my presentation I made the group aware that they should:

  • Pay attention to all witnesses and evidence
  • Consider all facts and the fairness of the law being applied in the trial
  • Listen respectfully to fellow jurors
  • To vote with their conscience, even if you are the only juror who believes in your verdict
  • Do not change your verdict, even if you are pressured by fellow jurors or the judge

When on a jury if you refuse to convict, it sends a message to the legislators and prosecutors. It lets them know that, that particular law is not supported by the community.

The group was very enthusiastic about the presentation and the information that I had given them.  I asked them all to get active with FIJA, in school, at their local courthouse and to pass this information on to their friends and family.

I asked the group if they could put up posters and pass brochures out on campus, to which they replied yes.  I gave them approximately 100 brochures and two posters to put up on campus.

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