Distributions of 7/18–8/2/2011
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
I left at 12:48 pm. I had distributed 83
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
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.
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.