MARIJUANA SMOKEOUT NEWS

Bellefonte, PA

July 27, 1998

by Julian Heicklen

http://www.personal.psu.edu/jph13

E-mail: jph13@psu.edu

Smart on Crime & Centre County Libertarian Party

Hello! Thanks for coming out. The pre-trial conference for my first 4 arrests will be held tomorrow morning at 8:30 AM in Courtroom #1 in the Courthouse. I hope that all of you will attend as a show of support.

My request for a jury pool representative of the population of the county has been denied by Judge Charles Brown. According to the 1990 census with estimated growth to 1998 and the population of University Park as provided by the Penn State University Housing Office, the population of University Park during the academic year 1997-1998 was 11.8% of the adult population of Centre County.

There are 400 people in my jury pool of August 3, 1998. Based on the population distribution, the expected value of University Park residents is 47. Because of random sampling variations, there is a 5% chance that this number could be as low as 35. Values higher than this are not considered statistically significant. However values lower than this indicate probable sampling error in choosing the jury pool. There is only a 0.1% chance that the number could be as low as 26 and 0.05% chance that it could be as low as 25. Statistical probability values are not available for lower probabilities, because such values are considered statistical certainties in analyzing data. How many residents of University Park do you think are in my jury pool? The answer is 4. Judge Brown considers that to be an acceptable geographical representation of the county. Folks, this is a rigged jury pool if there ever was one. It cannot be attributed to random sampling error. It is outright fraud.

Stephen Sloane, the Assistant District Attorney trying my cases, has requested that the Court prohibit me from using a jury nullification defense, even though it is a legally recognized defense. He wants to convict me without allowing me to defend myself. The Court has granted his request for the trial of Andrew Burke. It will make a decision for my cases at the pre-trial hearing tomorrow. My expectation is that the Judge will rule the same as he did for Andy. Folks, this is a judicial system that does not permit the defendant to defend himself, in direct violation of the 5th and 6th Amendments to the U. S. Constitution. This is not a court of law; it is a court of inquisition. The Court has committed treason!

Should the above rulings stand, law will have left the land. The time will have come to abandon the judicial process and prepare for revolution. The first step in this revolution is to elect candidates from the Libertarian Party to public office, especially to the Governorships of the states. If that fails, more drastic methods will have to be considered. In the meantime, we will continue our semi-weekly Marijuana Smoke Outs in Centre County.

I ask that no-one under 18 years old smoke marijuana. We appreciate your support, but if minors smoke, it will hurt our cause. If arrested, give only your name and address. Go limp and make the officers carry you away from the demonstration. Plead not guilty and ask for a speedy, jury trial.

If you are attacked by either police or bystanders, go into the fetal position, and use your hands to protect your head. Under no circumstances, even if provoked, use violence. Thank you for your cooperation.

Only 3 of us demonstrated today, and we did not smoke. However we kept the Movement alive.