FIJA Distributions of 7/18–8/2/2011
   
FIJA Distribution of July 18, 2011
    Tony McDonald from Salem, OR and I arrived at the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, CA, at 11:20 am on Monday, July 18, 2011.  It was a sunny, but moderate (for Santa Clara) day.  This was a traffic court with no jury trials.  Nevertheless the pedestrian traffic was steady, so we stayed.  We distributed FIJA pamphlets entitled “Your Jury Rights: True or False” with my insert.
 
    Tony stood at the foot of a path leading into the courthouse on court property.  I stood on the sidewalk in front of the courthouse.  At 12:20 pm, a court officer exited the courthouse, approached Tony, and told him that he could not solicit on courthouse property.  Tony explained that he was not soliciting, so the officer left.

    At 12:50 pm a friendly officer informed us that no jury trials were held at this courthouse.  We were tired, so we left.  We had distributed 105 pamphlets.

FIJA Distribution of July 21, 2011
    Tony McDonald from Salem, OR and I arrived at the U. S. District Courthouse and Federal Building, 280 First Street, San Jose, CA, at 11:29 am on Thursday, July 21, 2011.  It was a sunny and clear day. There were many trees and shade.  We distributed FIJA pamphlets entitled “Your Jury Rights: True or False” with my insert.

    Almost immediately a guard approached Tony.  A minor argument occurred.  The guard left.  At 12:04 pm another Guard Ayala approached Tony and said no soliciting allowed on federal property. Tony informed him that we were not soliciting.  Mr. Ayala left.

    At 12:24 pm, Guard J. Zeutero approached Tony.  I joined them.  He asked for identification.  Both of us informed him that we do not carry identification.  He asked for our names.  Tony complied, but I refused to give him my name.  I informed him that I had a permit and showed him my pocket U. S. Constitution.  He said that was not good enough, that I was on federal property and needed a permit paper. I claimed the U. S. Constitution was my permit paper.  He left us.  Almost immediately, he returned with Guard Alaya.  He informed me again that I was on federal property.  I informed him hat I owned the federal property, and that he was my servant.  After a short discussion, they left.

    At 12:40 pm, two other guards, a male and a female, appeared.  The female guard made a telephone call to a detective who wanted to talk with me.  He read the Department of Homeland Security regulation prohibiting distributing literature on federal property.  I informed him that I was familiar with the regulation, had made 50 appearances at 30 federal courthouses, and had been arrested 14 times.  I informed him that the U. S. Attorneys had refused to prosecuted any of these cases.  I walked away from the guards, and they left.

    At 12:50 pm, Guard Alaya appeared to observe us, but did not approach us.  At 12:55, a federal marshal joined him.  At 12:58 pm, Tony and I quit for the day.  We had distributed only 62 pamphlets because of the constant interruptions.  However I did sign up a new Tyranny Fighter.

FIJA Distribution of July 26, 2011
    I arrived at the U. S. North District Courthouse, 801 W Superior Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113 .at 11:36 am on Tuesday, July 26, 2011.  It was a sunny and windy day.  I distributed FIJA pamphlets entitled “Your Jury Rights: True or False.”  There was hardly any pedestrian traffic, so I only distributed a few pamphlets.

    At 12:05 pm, I was approached by two Department of Homeland Security guards: Officers Longstreet and Miller.  They told me that I had to leave.  I said that I had a permit and showed them my pocket U. S. Constitution. They said that did not matter.  I was on federal property and I had to leave.  I informed them that I knew that it was federal property, and that I owned it, and that they were my servants.  They called their boss, Officer Kay Garcia, who then appeared and further explained to me that if I did not move to the public sidewalk, I would be arrested.  I did not leave, so he called the Cleveland police.

    At 12:35 pm two Cleveland city police cars drove up and two Cleveland police (Officer Jones and someone whose name I did not get) approached me and said that they would have to arrest me, if I did not leave the federal property.  I explained to him why I did not have to leave and gave them pamphlets.  The two city policemen then left.

    I continued a pleasant conversation with the 3 Department of homeland Security officers explaining to them what jury nullification meant.  I pointed out that all branches of government could also nullify laws.  They all took a pamphlet from me and said that they would read them. 

    It was now about 1:00 and my parking meter was about to expire.  Officer Longstreet said that I was not going to be arrested.  I pointed out to him that he had just nullified the law by deciding not to enforce it.  He agreed.  I left at 1:10 pm.  I had passed out about 10 pamphlets, of which 5 were to the police officers.  However it was a good educational day for the police.

FIJA Distribution of July 27, 2011
    Ebert Beeman and I arrived at the Erie, PA County Courthouse,  140 W. 6th Street, Erie, PA at 11:40 am on Wednesday, July 27, 2011.  It was a  hot and sunny day.  Soon we were joined by Barbara Lockwood.  The 3 of us  distributed 145 FIJA pamphlets entitled “Your Jury Rights: True or False.”  We left at 12:55 pm, because we ran out of pamphlets.

    No police appeared.  However one woman, who identified herself as a staff member for one of the judges took a pamphlet, read some of it, and returned it to Ebert complaining that it defamed the judge.  The next day, Ebert received a letter from the judge chastising him.

FIJA Distribution of July 28, 2011
     I arrived at the Buffalo, NY federal district courthouse,  68 Court Street Street, Buffalo, NY at 11:29 am on Thursday, July 28, 2011.  It was a moderate and cloudy day. I stood on the public sidewalk in front of the courthouse, which was federal property and distributed the pamphlet entitled  “Your Jury Rights: True or False.” At 11:50 am, first 2 and then 4 court officials approached me and said that the judge had issued a court order that there would be no distribution in front of the courthouse.  I would not leave.  They asked for identification, which I do not carry.  They asked for my name, which I do not provide.  I asked them to identify themselves, but they refused.  I ignored them and continued the distribution.  They called the Federal Protective Service police.

    At 12:02 a Federal Protective Service police car appeared.  The federal police officers approached me and said that I would have to leave or be arrested.  I asked for their identitification.  The spokesman readily complied.  His name is Maddey, #2DP267.  I informed them that I had a permit and showed them my pocket U. S. Constitution.  They would not accept that.  They informed the four court personnel that they would have to see the court order before they could make the arrest.  The four court officials returned to the courthouse but never reappeared.  Meantime, I gave the 3 protective service police officers a lesson in constitutional law, particularly with regard to the First Amendment.  During this, I continued to distribute pamphlets. 

    I left at 12:48 pm.  I had distributed 83 pamphlets.

FIJA Distribution of August 1, 2011
     I arrived at the Syracuse, NY Federal Courthouse and Federal Building, 100  S. Clinton Street, Syracuse, NY at 11:42 am on Monday, August 1, 2011.  It was a hot and sunny day. I stood on the courtyard in front of the courthouse, which was federal property, and distributed the pamphlet entitled  “Your Jury Rights: True or False.”

    At 11:57 am, a guard approached and said that I was on federal property.  I responded with “I know. I own it.”  He left.  At 11:59 am, a Department of Homeland Security office approached me and addressed me by name.  He was one of the officers that I had met at the Buffalo Courthouse on the previous Thursday.  We chatted for a few minutes.  Then he left.

    There was only moderate pedestrian traffic,  but everyone of them was either entering or leaving the courthouse.  At 1:05 pm, the pedestrian traffic stopped, so I left for the day.  I had distributed 71 pamphlets.

FIJA Distributions of August 2, 2011
    I arrived at the Binghamton, NY U. S. Federal Building, 15 Henry Street, Binghamton, NY at 7:33 am on Tuesday, August 2, 2011.  It was cool and sunny. I stood on the sidewalk in front of the courthouse and distributed the pamphlet entitled  “Your Jury Rights: True or False” with my insert.  Guard Topa was at the front door.  He approached me and took a pamphlet.  He was joined by another guard, who also took a pamphlet.  A judge smoking a cigarette declined to take a pamphlet.  There was very little pedestrian traffic.  I left at 8:35 am.  I had only distributed about 10 pamphlets.

    I went a few blocks away to the Broome County Family and County Courts Building, 65 Hawley Street, Binghamton, NY.  I arrived at 8:48 am, stood on the public sidewalk in front of the building, and distributed the pamphlet entitled  “Your Jury Rights: True or False” with my insert.  At 9:08 am a guard came out of the courthouse and told me to leave.  I refused.  He returned to the courthouse.

    A few minutes later, Court Police Officer DiWing, another police officer, and  the Commissioner of Jurors exited the courthouse and tried to convince me to leave.  They wanted my name and identification, which I refused to give.  They were soon joined by Lt. Wolf, a State of New York Court Officer.  We had a pleasant conversation in which I convinced them that I did not have to leave or give any identification, because of my 5th Amendment right to remain silent.  Soon another officer appeared with the NY times article and another news article about me, so they discovered who I am.  After some more education, I left at 9:40 am because I had to get to Scranton, PA.  I had distributed about 30 pamphlets.

     I arrived at the Scranton, PA Federal Building and U. S. Courthouse , 215 N. Washington Avenue, Scranton, PA at 11:27 am on Tuesday, August 2, 2011.  It was a hot and sunny day. I stood on the sidewalk in front of the courthouse, which was federal property, and distributed the pamphlet entitled  “Your Jury Rights: True or False” with my insert.  Lou Jasikoff, the Chair of the PA Libertarian Party, joined me and took pictures.

    At 12:05 pm NBC TV 28  Eye Witness News and WIOU were there and filmed and interviewed me.  At 12:15 pm a court officer came out of the building, took a pamphlet from me, and returned into the building.  At 1:00 pm, Lou and I left for lunch.  I had distributed 69 pamphlets.