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The Empire Versus the Two Julians, Assange and Heicklen, and the Anti War Activists

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The US government really wants Wikileaks
founder Julian Assange. They're mad at him for releasing video of the
military's murder of civilians in Iraq and more recently a list of
sensitive diplomatic cables too long to get into here. A grand jury has
been empaneled in Alexandria, VA  to consider criminal charges against
Assange. He may never be extradited to the US for trial, but what if he
is?



He has many supporters here in the peace community. This includes the Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA ) activists  who started a campaign, Julian Assange's Fully Informed Jury,
at the website The Point. The campaign's objective is "If Julian
Assange is extradited to the United States, I will do my best to fully
inform his jury." Inform them of what you may ask? Of the right of the
jury to nullify the law regardless of the facts of a case. From FIJA's website:


The FIJA mission is to educate Americans regarding their
full powers as jurors, including their ability to rely on personal
conscience, to judge the merit of the law and its application, and to
nullify bad law, when necessary for justice, by finding for the
defendant.
The US government is also after a number of anti war activists. The FBI raided their houses and an office in Minneapolis, Chicago, Michigan, and North Carolina last September after sending in an agent to infiltrate and spy on
them. Twenty-three people have been issued subpoenas. The first are
scheduled to appear before grand juries on January 25, 2011. As this
author pointed out in "Jury Nullification May Be The Only Salvation For The Antiwar Activists":


Given that we live in an age when it has been said that "A
good prosecutor could get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich." It is
sadly very likely that indictments will follow. If this is the case jury
nullification may be these activists only salvation.
The
prospect of not being able to convict opponents of its tyranny must be
terrifying to the government. There is no better way to stop FIJA
activists from educating jurors and, therefore, keeping dissidents free
than to start charging them with felonies for their activism.  This may
be why they are now charging FIJA activist Julian Heicklen with jury
tampering. Professor Heicklen is a long time activist and leader in
educating juries. He has been harassed and arrested many times for
handing out FIJA literature at federal courthouses, especially the one
at 500 Pearl Street in New York City where he has to appear for a
hearing on January 24, 2011.



According to Professor Heicklen's website the summons he received was short on details as to when and where he committed the alleged tampering:


"the summons does not include any deposition from the
accuser, so that I do not know the specific incident that is involved.
The summons states that there is only one charge, but gives no
particulars, including a date, time, location of the incident, names
& dates of jurors tampered, & how tampered.
Having
been to several of these FIJA outreach events with Julian Heicklen
myself I'm quite suspicious of these charges. Not once have I seen him
tell a juror how to vote on a case. He merely hands out fliers to all
passersby. His prosecution can be seen as nothing more than an attempt
to squash our efforts to educate juries on how they can check tyranny
with jury nullification. No doubt the government will be most upset if
they try Assange or the anti war activists only to have them set free by
a jury bent on justice. To make sure that happens we have to make sure
that first Julian Heicklen is found not guilty. Whatever your political
views, show your support for him. Come to his hearing on the 24th if you
can. Together we can defeat this tyranny.

 

http://theinternationallibertarian.blogspot.com/

Darren Wolfe, otherwise known as The International Libertarian, is the former Eastern Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania. He grew up in Puerto Rico and lived in Venezuela for seven years, including the first year of Chavez' rule. (more...)
 
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"Jury Nullification" sounded like such a positive ... by GLloyd Rowsey on Saturday, Jan 15, 2011 at 1:27:22 PM
including case law which supports the right of the... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Saturday, Jan 15, 2011 at 3:38:19 PM
conscience in matters of religious faith, of speec... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Saturday, Jan 15, 2011 at 3:40:09 PM
Most people are completely clueless about the role... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Saturday, Jan 15, 2011 at 2:39:29 PM
supposed to be guaranteed by the First Amendment, ... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Saturday, Jan 15, 2011 at 2:47:16 PM
they be nice to us then? Some people seem to thin... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Saturday, Jan 15, 2011 at 2:56:03 PM
Really? In the good old U.S.A.? I didn't hear it ... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Saturday, Jan 15, 2011 at 3:06:52 PM
Adams, and cite for us ignoramuses the statutory b... by GLloyd Rowsey on Saturday, Jan 15, 2011 at 3:09:55 PM
above about the meaning of the right, and see the ... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Saturday, Jan 15, 2011 at 3:50:27 PM
I thought FindLaw would be a better and a more rel... by GLloyd Rowsey on Saturday, Jan 15, 2011 at 4:51:37 PM
info, including cases and law review articles. FIJ... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Saturday, Jan 15, 2011 at 6:44:40 PM
And I think a well-functioning governmental system... by GLloyd Rowsey on Saturday, Jan 15, 2011 at 7:11:07 PM
"all the nations which did not have" should have r... by GLloyd Rowsey on Saturday, Jan 15, 2011 at 9:55:50 PM
...but the U.S. of A. is NOT that perfect world...... by Jill Herendeen on Sunday, Jan 16, 2011 at 8:15:54 AM
so, there would be no crooks, and judges would be ... by Jill Herendeen on Sunday, Jan 16, 2011 at 9:56:24 AM
and those who have experience with it. Gee Lloyd,... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Sunday, Jan 16, 2011 at 1:20:56 PM
In order to exercise your jury rights don't tell t... by steveswimmer on Sunday, Jan 16, 2011 at 8:17:42 AM
During the early Civil Rights struggle, Al Horn, t... by steveswimmer on Sunday, Jan 16, 2011 at 7:41:50 AM
The government saw the Power of the People worked ... by steveswimmer on Sunday, Jan 16, 2011 at 7:44:35 AM
Government enforcers, not judges/legislators/execu... by Kitty Antonik on Sunday, Jan 16, 2011 at 6:04:07 PM
The politicians and bureaucrats - rulers - do not... by Kitty Antonik on Sunday, Jan 16, 2011 at 6:06:19 PM
This is exactly where the "fight" is...Go influen... by dkathryn on Tuesday, Jan 18, 2011 at 4:54:16 AM
I am concerned that Julian Heicklen has not made p... by Kitty Antonik on Sunday, Jan 16, 2011 at 6:08:53 PM
click hereIndictment can be read at:click hereBasi... by Darren Wolfe on Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 at 6:53:32 PM