FIJA Demonstration of  April 26, 2010

    It was raining heavily in Fort Lauderdale, FL, on Monday, April 29, 2010, so that the FIJA literature distribution at noontime was cancelled.  However the weather cleared at about 3:00 pm, so I went to the U. S. District Courthouse at 299 E. Broward Boulevard.  I arrived shortly after 4:00 pm and stood on the city sidewalk about 1 foot in front of federal property.  There were almost no pedestrians, but I stayed to see what would happen.
 
    Within two minutes Officer Wright from the Security Protective Service approached me and told me that it was illegal to distribute literature without a permit. I said that I had a permit and showed him my pocket U. S. Constitution.  He said that was not sufficient, butI did not leave.  He asked my name, but I would not provide it.  He left.

    Soon thereafter, Officer Wright returned with another officer from the Security Protective Service, whose name I did not get.  They asked me to show a picture identification, but I did not have any identification with me.  They agains asked my name, so that they could address me as a person.  I told them to call me “Honey.”  Officer Wright said he could not do that, because it was a girl’s name.  He would call me Bill.  From now on I am known as Bill of Wright’s.

    They said that since I was standing on city property, they had no jurisdiction and that I was not their problem.  They informed me that there was a city ordinance requiring everyone to carry picture identification, and that the city police would confront me.  Then they left. 

    I decided to stay where I was to see what the city police would do. I stayed for about 1/2 hour, but the city police never appeared.  Not even a squad car drove by.  I left at 4:55 pm.  Altogether I passed out 11 FIJA pamphlets (including the one to the security officers) entitled “A Primer for Prospective Jurors,” along with my insert which reads:

THE JUDGE WILL INSTRUCT THE JURY THAT IT MUST UPHOLD THE LAW AS HE GIVES IT

HE WILL BE LYING

THE JURY MUST JUDGE THE LAW AS WELL AS THE FACTS

JURIES WERE INSTITUTED TO PROTECT CITIZENS FROM THE TYRANNY OF GOVERNMENT

IT IS NOT THE DUTY OF THE JURY TO UPHOD THE LAW

IT IS THE JURY’S DUTY TO SEE THAT JUSTICE IS DONE