FIJA Demonstration of April 29, 2010
Seven of us gathered at the U. S. District Courthouse at 601
Market Street in Philadelphia, PA at about 11:30 am on Thursday, April
29, 2010. It was a beautiful warm sunny day, though a little
windy. The participants were Jim Babb, George Donnelly, Jim
Allen, Rich Schwarz, Thomas Marinelli, Michael Molloy, and myself.
Rich, George, and Michael had cameras. Later we were joined
by William Faust and Donna Ward. Before the demonstration, I
was interviewed by Jim Allen for his TV show. We started
passing out the Fully Informed Jury pamphlet "A Primer for Prospective
Jurors" with my handout at 11:45 am in front of the courthouse.
No police officers of any sort appeared all day here.
Jim Babb, George Donnelly, Richard Schwarz, and Tom
Marinelli went to the courtyard on the side of the building at about
12:00 noon to distribute the pamphlets there. They were soon
joined by me. About 12:30 three security guards appeared and
asked us to identify ourselves, which we did not do. We
asked them to identify themselves, but they refused. They
informed us that we could not pass out literature or take pictures on
federal property. Thomas and George demanded to know the
laws involved, which the officers refused to tell. It appeared
that they probably did not know them. A scuffle ensued when the
officers interfered with the picture taking, in which George
received a cut finger.
The officers said that we were on federal property
and had to comply. I responded that I was the owner of federal
land and that they were my servants. The aggressive
guards that assaulted George were ordered by another person to stand
down and go inside the building. The three of them left, never to
return. However several Homeland Security officers were on
the premises, but did not approach us. We continued to pass out
literature and take pictures until 1:35 pm when we left for a nice
lunch in a Thai restaurant.
of the event can be found at blog of bile (http://blogofbile.com/) as
well as at the following websites: