Jury Nullification Activist JAILED-145 days (even after Judges order deemed illegal)Submitted by HonorGod on Sun, 02/24/2013 - 13:43
Video Interview from 1 year ago
23 February 2013-Mark E. Schmidter is an activist for jury rights whose story we covered one year ago. He was originally facing a year in jail after being found guilty of two felonies: External Criminal Contempt of Court, and jury tampering, for distributing information outside the Orange County Courthouse in Florida.
We noted that Schmidter was not guilty of any actual law, but rather rules written by the acting judge. These rules that Schmidter is in violation of are for demonstrating outside of a "free speech zone" determined by Judge Perry. Schmidter, who was first arrested in June 2011, has maintained his innocence and that the judge's orders he violated were a direct violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution.
Furthermore, the very rule he was found to be in violation of has been overturned.
Judge Belvin Perry issued Administrative Order # 2011 03 which states that if anyone hands out information, talks or hold a sign outside the courthouse, they would be held in contempt of court and jury tampering.
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