DISTRIBUTIONS MAY 10–14, 2010
Demonstration in Trenton, NJ, 5/10/10
Jim Babb, George Donnelly, and I arrived at the U.
S. District Courthouse at 402 E. State Street in Trenton, NJ, at
11:40 am on Monday, May 10, 2010. It was a sunny, but chilly and
mildly windy day. We started to pass out the American Jury
Institute pamphlet entitled “A Primer for Prospective
Jurors” and supporting literature. At 11:50 am, a federal
marshal approached us and asked for our names and what the pamphlets
said. We refused to identify ourselves or answer questions.
The marshal became unruly. George took his picture, and he left.
A few minutes later four federal marshals appeared
and wanted to know our identities. We refused, but I insisted
that they identify themselves as required by law. One marshal
gave us his name (Soferet) and number (16). The other marshals
refused to identify themselves. They left, but returned at 1:05
and took pictures of each of us. Then they left. We did not
They did not return. We continued to pass out
200 pamphlets on both city and federal property. We were not
bothered again by the marshals or any other law enforcement
personnel. We left at 1:05 pm, because we had distributed all of
Demonstration in Reading, PA, 5/11/10
I arrived at the U. S. District Courthouse, which
was situated in the Madison Building, at 400 Washington Street in
Reading, PA, at 8:11 am on Tuesday, May 11, 2010. It was a cool
and overcast day. No law enforcement personnel appeared.
There was very little pedestrian traffic. I passed out 5
pamphlets and left after 25 minutes.
Demonstration in Allentown, PA, 5/11/10
I arrived at the U. S. District Courthouse at 504
West Hamilton Street in Allentown, PA, at 11:40 am on Tuesday, May 11,
2010. It was a cool and overcast day. I started to
pass out the American Jury Institute pamphlet entitled “A Primer
for Prospective Jurors.” I was joined at 11:50 am by Jim
Babb, who passed out flyers, and George Donnelly, who took pictures.
At 12:10 pm, six federal marshals approached us in a
confrontational manner and said we could not pass out literature nor
take pictures. They stood right in front of each of us, no more
than 6 inches away, so that we could not communicate with
passersby. These were 6 of the most obnoxious people I have ever
met. We asked the marshals to identify themselves, but they
refused. We would not identify ourselves.
George attempted to take a picture, but they seized
George’s camera. He attempted to retrieve it, but they they
threw George to the ground. Then they decided to arrest him for
assault. They were joined by a 7th marshal.
The 7 marshals handcuffed George and led him into
the courthouse. During the tussle with George which occurred at
about 12:20 pm , Jim called the city police and reported an assault by
the marshals on a pedestrian. Then the marshals turned on Jim and
me and said that we could not distribute literature without a
permit. I replied that I had a permit and showed them my pocket
U. S. Constitution. They said that was not satisfactory.
About 6 city police officers appeared after George
was already in the courthouse. They said that they had no
jurisdiction on federal property and left. Jim and I tried to
enter the courthouse at 12:35 pm to assist our friend, but we were
refused entry by the federal marshals. We were told to wait
outside, and that someone would come out and tell us George’s
I waited outside while Jim went to the
sheriff’s office across the street in the county
courthouse. The sheriff’s office refused to intervene, even
though a sheriff does have jurisdiction anywhere in the county.
At 1:20 pm, a marshal came outside and told me that
George would not see a magistrate until tomorrow and would be held
overnight. Jim and I left the area at this time.
George was held in prison for two days, one of which
was in solitary confinement. The magistrate released him under
$50,000 bail. Since he could not raise this money, they said
George could be held under house arrest, if he would deposit his guns
and passport with the court, which Jim did for him. George was
released with a electronic bracelet and is not allowed to leave his
This is the punishment you get before the trial for
a crime in which you were the victim, not the perpetrator. My
friends, this is the real America. Is this the country you want?
Demonstration in Johnstown, PA, 5/12/10
I arrived at the federal building, which houses the
U. S. District Court, at 319 Washington Street in Johnstown, PA, at
8:12 am on Wednesday, May 12, 2010. The weather was overcast and
gloomy. There was little pedestrian traffic. I passed out a
few pamphlets. At 8:27 am a guard came out and took a
pamphlet. He asked who I represented. I told him “The
American Jury Institute.” He asked me not to stand in front
of the doorway and then left.
At 9:00 am, I talked to a man serving on the grand
jury. He serves one day a month for 2 years. He works an
average of 6 hours a day plus travel time and receives payment of
$40/day plus travel expenses. The federal minimum wage is
$6.55/hour. Since the juror has to commit the whole day to jury
duty, he should be getting 8 hours pay of $52.40 to meet the legal
minimum. Apparently the federal government does not feel obliged
to obey the laws with its own employees. This is the real
America. Is this the country you want?
Demonstration in Pittsburgh, PA, 5/12/10
I arrived at the U. S. District Courthouse and Post
Office at 700 Grant Street in Pittsburgh, PA, at 11:40 am. It was
an overcast and gloomy day. It had rained heavily the night
Almost immediately two federal marshals approached
me and told me to move across the street. I refused. They
accused me of provoking an argument. I responded that they
approached me and that they provoked the argument. They left.
Shortly thereafter, Dan Sullivan (whom I knew), with
his camera, appeared and found me distributing pamphlets. At
12:05, the two marshals appeared with two officers from the Federal
Protection Service. The two officers informed all of us that we
could distribute literature in front of the courthouse as long as we
did not block pedestrian traffic. They also told us that we could
take pictures of each other and the building, but not of the security
I told the officers that they were the first law
enforcement officer that I had met that explained the law correctly,
and I thanked them for doing the right thing. Then they and the
marshals left, and did not appear again.
After they left, Drew Freeman appeared and helped
Dan and me distribute pamphlets. At 12:10 pm, Dan took a picture
of me holding the JURY INFO sign in front of the plaque of the Bill of
Rights attached on the Courthouse wall.
At 12:45 pm a lawyer approached us and said that there was no such
thing as jury nullification. I mentioned several Supreme Court
justices who said that it was legal and appropriate. He did not
believe me, so I referred him to my web page at
We quit at 12:52 pm, because we ran out of
pamphlets. We had distributed about 70 pamphlets.
Demonstration in Harrisburg, PA, 5/13/10
I arrived at the U. S. courthouse at 228 Walnut
Street in Harrisburg, PA, at 11:35 am on Thursday, May 13, 2010.
It was a cool and overcast day. I was joined by Barry Dively at 11:43
Before we even starting passing out literature, a
man approached me and asked if I was Julian Heicklen. I answered
yes and asked if he was a federal marshal. He said yes. I
asked him to identify himself. He showed me his papers and gave his
name as Fedeka. This is the first time at any of these events
that a federal officer identified himself properly. He asked me
how many people would be joining me. I said that I did not
know. He asked how long I would be there. I said until 1:15
pm. He informed me that we could distribute literature if we did
not block traffic. He even offered that there was another
entrance at the rear of the building.
I informed him that he was the first federal marshal
that had properly identified himself. I thanked him for
performing his duties properly. I also stated that as a citizen I
appreciated that he came out promptly and did not wait until I blew up
the building before doing something. I commended him on his
behavior and stated that he should be instructing the other federal
marshals on how to behave.
There was not much pedestrian traffic if front of
the courthouse. Barry took some pictures of me and offered to
organize Harrisburg to distribute FIJA literature in front of the
county courthouse. He left at 12:25 pm. I passed out about
40 pamphlets and left at 1:10 pm.
Distribution in Philadelphia, PA, 5/14/10
I arrived at the U. S. District Courthouse at 601
Market Street in Philadelphia, PA, at 7:48 am on Friday, May 14,
2010. The weather was cold, windy, and overcast. Within two
minutes a police car arrived and parked in front of me. Two
Federal Protection Police officers disembarked and stood by the car for
the whole time that I was there. They were soon joined by two
other officers. They recognized me from an earlier appearance and
welcomed me back to exercise my First Amendment rights. They
asked how long I would be there and I told them until 9:30 am.
They were very friendly during our whole stay.
From about 8:08 to 8:27 am 4 young adults, whom I
did not know, approached me and joined me in distributing pamphlets
both in front of the Courthouse and in the courtyard starting at 8:19
am. At about 8:30 am, Michael Salvi, Jim Babb, and Jim Allen
showed up to help distribute literature and photograph the event.
No federal marshal ever appeared, though there may have been one in the
courtyard far from us.
At 8:55 am a pedestrian approached me and asked for
a pamphlet. He said that he was strong supporter of Jury
We distributed 225 pamphlets and left at 9:30
am. Then I had a video interview with Jim Allen, who has a TV
segment on a news program, and left for Wilmington, DE.
Demonstration in Wilmington, DE, 5/14/10
I arrived at the U. S. District Courthouse at 844
King Street in Wilmington, DE, at 11:45 am on Friday, May 14,
2010. The weather was warm and sunny. There were three
federal officers standing in front of the courthouse. I stood
directly in front of them about 20 feet closer to the street.
At about 12:34 pm one officer approached me and
asked for a flyer, which I gladly gave him. He then returned to
the other officers. That was the only time that I was approached
by the officers. There was not much pedestrian traffic, but I
distributed about 40 pamphlets before I left at 1:05 pm.