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Jury Nullification & Volunteer | 17 Jan 2013

-New FIJA Campaign: Missive of the Month

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mis·sive

[mis-iv]
noun
1.a written message; letter.

Letters to the editor are a great way to reach a wide audience in your community. Even better-they cost you no more than the price of a pen, a piece of paper, an envelope, and a stamp to reach potentially hundreds or thousands of people. If you submit your letter by e-mail, it is virtually free!

To encourage wider use of this medium, we are announcing FIJA’s new

Missive of the Month

Campaign

Here’s how it will work:
1. You write and submit respectful and educational letters to the editor (or guest editorials) to local, regional, national, or online publications in which you inform readers about some aspect of the traditional, full authority of jurors to judge the law as well as the facts in a case at hand. Be sure to check each publication’s submission guidelines to make sure your letter is eligible to be published. Mention our website (FIJA.org is fine) and our toll-free number 1-800-TEL-JURY so that people may get more information beyond what you are able to include in your missive.

2. BCC: aji@fija.org in the e-mail, or mail us a hard copy of the letter or editorial you submitted along with information regarding to which publication you submitted it and when.

3. If your letter or editorial is published, send us a link to where it appears online, or send us a hard copy of your letter or editorial in print, including the publication title and date and the page number on which it was printed.

4. We will link to or publish some of these missives, and we will be crediting authors of these letters on the website as well. Each month, we will award small prizes such as bumper stickers, Citizens Rule Books, etc. to the author of each published missive, and we will randomly select one of the unpublished letters

5. At the end of the year, we will award FIJA prize packs with a variety of items from our catalog which will include our choice of such items as T-shirts, mugs, Spooner Readers, essays, and so on. Prize packs will go to the top three letter writers (ties will be broken by random drawing) plus one randomly drawn from all the other writers who participated.

In future months, we will be suggesting days of interest and other topics around which to craft a letter and we will be adding other ways you can participate in this campaign, but for now, reach for a pen or a keyboard!

For January, some suggested topics to which you might tie juror veto education right now are Gun Appreciation Day (January 19) and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 21). (Remember, you can also submit your letters after these events in reference to activities that were covered by the media.) Or you might choose to address a topic which is currently timely in your local area.

You can find salient points for Gun Appreciation Day in our Jury Protection for the Second Amendment brochure. We also have a collection of Quotes on Jury Authority and Jury Nullification that you may wish to draw from for material to use in your letter.

If you are not sure how to get started, feel free to adapt the following boilerplate Letter to the Editor. Do not just copy and paste it, but rather adapt it to be specifically relevant in your community with some points that are particularly timely or relevant.

Editor:

It is important to remember that political freedom embodied in such institutions as trial by jury is what distinguishes America from third-rate dictatorships around the world. As judges chip away at the foundations of trial by jury, we become less and less secure in our freedom. Of supreme importance is the independence of the jury. The jury is not there to rubber stamp the charges brought by the government, but rather to exercise their independent judgment and conscience, and ask whether justice is being served if they blindly follow the judge’s instructions on the law and enforce a bad law.

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