The King had his subject caged after that subject informed a second subject that it was just to ignore edicts that didn’t sit well with them.
That is essentially what’s going on with Mark Schmidter – although Schmidter is rightly refusing to be a subject to his majesty, Perry Blevins.
Mark Schmidter, a roofing contractor in the Orlando, Florida area is now sitting in a cage because he sought to inform jurors of their rights.
A Florida man will be spending some time in jail for activity that is usually allowed outside a courthouse. Mark Schmidter passes out jury nullification brochures. Schmidter was found guilty of “indirect criminal contempt” Tuesday for passing out pamphlets in Orlando during the Casey Anthony trial . . . The pamphlets he was handing out described jury nullification, the power of a jury to return “a verdict of ‘Not Guilty’ despite its belief that the defendant is guilty of the violation charged.”
On February 21st, 2013 Schmidter was caged for 145 days.
The most recent confinement occurred per an arbitrary rule a man wrote, judged, denied jury for, and sentenced under. The Judge, Belvin Perry (yes, the Casey Anthony case judge), acted as legislature, judge, jury and executioner. By definition, he is acting as a tyrant.
Who is the real criminal?
Mr. Schmidter is a purely peaceful activist who believes in the historically well established rights of juries to judge the law as well as the facts and also that if there is no victim, there is no crime and jurors may agree in either respect and hang a jury. Hung jury cases may be retried but one juror can “inconvenience” the process and/or of course convince their fellow jurors to all agree and acquit. Jury nullification is a well-established historically accurate and legal practice. Judge Perry even agreed when discussing the idea with Mark’s friend and ally, Mr. Julian Heicklen.
Please support Mark and his tremendous personal sacrifice via the #MarkSchmiderCampaign effort. We will write letters to the State Judicial Review, all media we can think of, and not let this story die. If a 64 y/o Vietnam veteran can be thrown in jail for passing out leaflets with an opinion that is different than the status quo, then, We are All Mark Schmidter.
I know we’ve posted about Schmidter’s situation over at Facebook.com/CopBlock but I was surprised today when I did a search of the site, to not see a recent update about his situation. That was the motivation for this post – to hopefully help to put his situation on the radar of more people.
It’s absolutely ridiculous that anyone familiar with this situation can claim that “justice was served.”
This video conversation between Adam Sudbury (Schmidter’s attorney), Jim Babb (Schmidter’s friend and FIJA activist), and Josh Tolley gives an excellent overview of Schmidter’s situation.
- Belvin Perry Jr., Ninth Judicial Court of Florida
- (407) 836-2050
DONATE TO HELP SCHMIDTER
- Via www.paypal.com to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Send checks to:
The Mark Schmidter Legal Defense Fund
c/o Sudbury Law, PL
424 E Central Blvd # 307
Orlando, FL 32801-1923.
“I apologize to the court. In my brain, I was just fighting for my country.” – Schmidter’s statement in legal land just before Perry ordered him caged.
- Julian Heicklen Tells “Various Florida Officials” They Are Censors and Thieves at CopBlock.org
- Mark Schmidter Receives 145 Days In Jail For Freedom Of Speech Due To Judge Belvin Perry at VoluntaryVirtues.com
- Paul Butler on Jury Nullification at CopBlock.org
- Fully Informed Jury Nullification
UPDATE May 10, 2013
Julian Heicklen sent an email to the Tyranny Fighters e-mail list with the following text and two attachments:
This memo is to bring you up to date on the Schmidter-Heicklen trials in the U. S. District Court in Florida.
This is the fourth court with which we have dealt (3 Florida state courts and the U. S. District Court). None of these courts are willing to uphold the U. S. Supreme Court decision that courthouse plazas are public forums. They use that decision (U. S, v. Grace) as justification for the opposite. They refuse to uphold the First Amendment guaranteeing free speech.
Apparently there are no honest judges in Florida. All of them violate their oath of office and should be removed.
My latest submission, which summarizes the situation, is at: http://www.personal.psu.
A complete list of all submissions in the Florida courts is at: http://www.personal.psu.