Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Florida judge bans free speech, assembly, jury rights

Bill St. Clair of End the War on Freedom reported Wednesday that a Florida judge has taken it upon himself to rewrite the Bill of Rights to suit his own prerogatives. Chief Judge Belvin Perry, Jr. has issued an order prohibiting "The dissemination of all leaflets and other materials" on the Orange County Courthouse complex grounds that might influence summoned jurors.

Displaying a sign or engaging in oral protest, education or counseling that might influence summoned jurors is also prohibited.

There is no mention of how anyone can distinguish a "summoned juror" from a "passer-by." At any rate, this judge is certainly abusing his power in an effort to muzzle Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA) activists by threatening to hold them in contempt of court.

The Orlando Sentinel refers to this Judge as "a no-nonsense jurist." This would apparently mean that Judge Perry finds such activities as freedom of speech and assembly in a public place and helping fellow citizens to fully understand their historical rights and responsibilities to judge the law as well as the facts of a case to be acts of "nonsense."

But without the knowledge that jurors have both a right and a responsibility to nullify unconstitutional and inappropriately applied laws there can be no "right to trial by jury" since a mindless, neutered jury is not a jury but merely a dozen sock puppets.

FIJA's "man in Florida," James Cox, reported, "This appears to be an intimidation tactic by a bully issued under color of law to circumvent the First, Fifth, and Seventh Amendments to the United States Constitution."

FIJA reports on its website that Advisory Board member Roger Roots is "reviewing the document and our legal options for challenging this unlawful order." They have also launched fundraising efforts to support the legal challenge and are advising their Florida activists, "for their safety in the face of this bullying," to cease distributing FIJA literature "within two blocks of any courthouse in the state of Florida."

Original report here

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