FIJA DISTRIBUTIONS 5/2–9/2011


Monday, May 2, 2011
    I arrived at the county courthouse of Broward County, FL in Fort Lauderdale at about 10:00 am and distributed about 75 “A Primer for Prospective Jurors” with my summary insert and signed up one new Tyranny Fighter.  There were no incidents.  I left at 10:57 am.

    At 11:45 am, I arrived at the U. S. District Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale and distributed the same material as at the county courthouse.  The pedestrian traffic was small,   At 12:25 pm, I was approached by Officer Garrra, a Security Enforcement officer, who took a pamphlet, looked at it, and told me that I could not distribute literature on federal property.  I showed him my permit (the U. S. Constitution), but he did not consider that applied to federal property.  I explained to him that I was the owner of the property and gave myself permission to stay.  He asked for my name and identification.  I would not give him my name and do not carry identification.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
    I arrived at the Broward County Courthouse at 10:27 am.  It was a warm and sunny day.  I distributed about 75 Fully Informed Jury Association pamphlets, some entitled A Primer for Prospective Jurors” and some entitled  “Your Jury Rights: True or False.”  At 11:05, I ran out of pamphlets, so I left.    

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
    Mark Schmidter and I were interviewed by Michael Freeman of Fox News on his Phoenix radio freedom show.  We discussed the situation at the Orange County courthouse in Orlando, FL

Thursday, May 5, 2011
    Mark Schmidter, James Cox, and his friend Emberlea McCulligh and I arrived at the Orange County Courthuse in Orlando, FL at 7:35 am.  It was a warm and overcast day.  There was a line of people waiting to enter the courthouse, so I approached them and distributed “A Primer for Prospective Jurors.”  Then we moved to the sidewalk leading from the parking lot to the courthouse and continued the distribution.  John Kurtz of CopBlock joined us to take pictures.

    At 7:43 two court police officers approached me and asked for my name and identification.  I refused to give my name and do not carry identifiction.  Instead, I showed them my copy of the U. S. Constitution.  I was give the court order that previously had been issued by Chief Judge Belvin Perry prohibiting distribution of pamphlets near the courthouse.  I was told that if I did not leave, I would be either issued a citation or arrested for civil contempt.  Then they were joined by a third officer who knew me from my precious visit.  He greeted me, shook my hand, and said that he did not expect me to return so soon.  We chatted pleasantly for a few minutes.  Then the officers left me.

    At 8:00 am Chief Judge Perry walked by on his way into the courthouse.  He waived and said “enjoy yourself” and continued on his way.  Now Mark joined me in distributing pamphlets.  At 8:40 am a man on a wheel chair going to the court fell over a few feet away from me and could not get up.  A court officer was called to attend to him.  He was joined by 2 other officers and soon after by an ambulance.  They had no interest in me whatsoever.  At 8:45, we had distributed about 200 pamphlets with my insert, so we left.

Monday, May 9 – Thursday May 12, 2011  
 On May 9–12, 2011, Mark Schmidter returned to the courthouse with a few others from Campaign for Liberty and distributed about 1000 fully informed jury pamphlets.  They were not bothered by any court police officer.