The "Fully Informed
Jury Association" was at my trial. They passed out
brochures outside the courthouse on the morning of the
trial. The brochures explained on how a jury can
work to protect peoples rights. The assistant
county attorney Jeff Renander who prosecuted me came
running in before the trial, stated to the judge,
holding the brochure and saying "mistrial" "mistrial".
My first thought was how could a small piece of paper
cancel my trial? This delayed the start of the trial for 30 minutes, as
the state attempted to stop the person handing out the
brochures. He refused and quoted his
constitutional right to do so.
did not want the jury to know there rights under the
constitution, and the judge had the brochures collected by the
bailiff, when the prospective jurors entered the
courtroom the first day. Unfortunately the jurors
did not know their rights not to give up the brochures
and did so willingly.
"If a juror accepts as the
law that which the judge states, then that juror has
accepted the exercise of absolute authority of a
government employee and has surrendered a power and
right that once was the citizen's safeguard of liberty."
(1788) (2 Elliots Debates, 94, Bancroft, History of
If you are ever called
for Jury Duty do so proudly,
it is an inalienable
right of all Iowan’s
to “defend life and liberty, protecting property”
Iowa Constitution, Art. I Sect.I. There is no better
place to do that than
while serving on the jury.
“You can waste your whole life lobbying
politicians and get nowhere. But, one powerful verdict
can bring justice to the world. Past Jury no votes got
us freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of
religion, and freedom of the press.”
Visit the web site below
for more information or if you
are ever called as a juror in any
I consider trial by jury as the only anchor yet imagined by man
by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.
– Thomas Jefferson, 1789