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FIJA in the News | 16 Feb 2011

FIJA Sends Second Letter to Judge Perry Regarding Unlawful Administrative Order


Today the Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA) mailed the following letter to Chief Judge Belvin Perry, Jr., who recently issued an administrative order unlawfully prohibiting the free exercise of speech in Florida.

Chief Judge Belvin Perry, Jr.
Suite 2110
Orange County Courthouse
425 N. Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32801

16 February 2011

To Judge Belvin Perry, Jr.,

It has come to my attention in the last few days that your administrative order might not have been motivated, as I thought, by using your power of office to threaten peaceful people with initiation of force against them for exercising their free speech rights.

Perhaps, after all, you were not motivated by your fear of Fully Informed Juries—that sacred common-law right of the People—but rather by your concern that an upcoming trial of some press-worthiness might be disturbed. If this were your motivation, why did you not act as one civilized person toward another, and call or write to James or to FIJA’s National Office, and discuss moving the FIJA effort to another location for the time of the trial? Our email addresses are available to everyone. We would have been gracious—for all of Florida is our classroom—and we could have taken our educational outreach work somewhere else during the trial.

But, no, you saw no need to be civilized and reasoning with someone you considered your inferior; someone you considered weaker, without the power to initiate force against peaceful, innocent, harmless people.

Why should you be gracious? You have the use of force on your side. But just because you threatened us with the use of force, we will not threaten you with the use of force. You may be too young to remember much about SNCC, but we knew one thing: we did not have power-damaged minds who always appeal to the use of force in any argument or discussion.

So, having healthy minds, we learned how to use those minds in the advancement of human rights. Cogito, ergo armo, as we like to say, from our position of peace.

Your behavior and open threats toward peaceful, kindly, law-abiding individuals are more telling of your character than you could possibly know. I hope someone will tell you about the years of the Civil Rights Movement, for it is obvious you know nothing about how power of office was used against peaceful people—people who only sought equal treatment under the law, all over the South.

We are peaceful, but we are determined. We will not go away, and our message will not go away, for it is the truth. Grand and Petit Jurors must know of their authority, their independence, and their immunity from prosecution for their verdict. This authority is the birthright of a free people, and you may not with impunity presume to hinder this right.

Iloilo Marguerite Jones
Fully Informed Jury Association

This letter is a follow-up to the initial letter FIJA sent to the judge, Florida Governor Rick Scott, and Florida Attorney General Pamela Bondi, questioning the unlawful order.