FIJA distribution of August 18 and 22, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011
    I arrived at the Orange County Courthouse, 405 N. Orange Road at 7:40 am.  It was a cool and sunny day.  I was met by Christina Gomez, who had a video camera and tripod.  She photographed the whole event.  I distributed 65 pamphlets entitled “Your Jury Rights: True or False” along with my flyer.

    My car was parked in a metered spot, which was due to expire at 8:25 am.  Shortly before then Christina and I were preparing to leave,  We were approached by Deputy Sheriffs Garcia and Schuete, who handed us two Administrative Orders #2011–07–01 and #2011–03 by Chief Judge Belvin Perry, Jr forbidding the distribution of information to prospective jurors and the use of commercial photography without a permit on court grounds.

     Order 2011–03 discusses expressive speech toward summoned jurors. Order 2011–07 discusses designated public speech areas.  Both Orders prohibited the same activity.  There was only one actual order: Do not distribute fully informed jury information except where the judge permits.  The judge separated this one order into two because failure to comply with one order would be indirect civil contempt, but failure to comply with two orders would be indirect criminal contempt and lead to a prison term.  Both orders violate Amendment I of the U. S. Constitution.  

    Christina convinced me to cancel the Thursday noon distribution, because there would be no other attendees.  It was likely that I would get arrested.  We wanted witnesses and videos of any arrest.

Monday, August 22, 2011  
    I arrived at the Orange County Courthouse, 405 N. Orange Road at 7:30 am.  It was a cool and sunny day.  I was met by the Fox News broadcasting van.  A reporter had a video camera and tripod.  He photographed and interviewed me for about 10 minutes, and then left.  His video was displayed on Fox News on Friday, August 26, in the evening news.  I distributed about 40 pamphlets entitled “Your Jury Rights: True or False” as well as my flyer.

    The sheriff deputies arrived at 8:10 am and placed me under arrest.  I fell to the ground and remained silent.  I was put into a wheel chair and wheeled into the courthouse, where I was kept in confinement until I was brought into court to face Chief Judge Belvin Perry, Jr., who had issued the two court orders which I had violated.  My property consisting of a tote bag with pamphlets, flyers, a JURY INFO sign, a clipboard, and my baseball cap with the upside down American flag were confiscated, and have not been returned as of September 27, 2011.