Squawker-at-Large Julian P. Heicklen, arrested for distributing leaflets about jury nullification in front of the federal courthouse in Manhattan, had his jury tampering charge dismissed in Federal court today.
The Feds called him “a threat to the judicial system.” But Judge Wood (not to be confused with Judge Wool, see sidebar) says the jury tampering statute only means messing with jurors about the case they’re on. So if your partner is on jury duty and you say, “Are you really going to wear that?” at least you won’t end up in Leavenworth.
But no sweet-talking judge is going to make Mr. Heicklen compromise his principles. Here’s his response:
This is a great victory for the country and will keep me out of federal prison. However all the federal judges in the United States should be removed from office and tried for perjury with the intent to obstruct justice, since they all instruct the jury that it must uphold the law as they give it. . . .
Go, Julian! But under that crusty exterior, he can’t resist a good Chinese dinner to which we’re all invited (Dutch treat) :
On Monday, April 23, 2012, I will be distributing jury nullification literature on the plaza in front of the U. S. Federal Courthouse at 500 Pearl Street, Manhattan, NY 10007, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm. You all are invited to join me. At 1:30 pm there will be a victory luncheon for everyone who wishes to attend at their own expense at one of the best Chinese restaurants in near-by China Town. Please send me your suggestion for which restaurant you prefer.
The luncheon will to thank Sabrina Shroff and Steven Statsinger, my federal defender stand-by counsels, for their invaluable work to bring the case to a successful solution. I hope to see as many of you as possible at either the distribution or the luncheon, or both. If you plan to attend the luncheon, let me know, so that I can notify the restaurant of how many of us there will be.
One small step for a shabby old man, but a giant leap for justice and our country. On to Orlando on Tuesday, May 8, 2012.
Yours in freedom and justice—Julian