Welcome to America: Former pastor sentenced to jail for handing out jury nullification flyers at court house

I am not even going to comment on the irony of the situation

 

“The prosecution asked the judge to sentence Wood to 45 days in jail, but defense attorneys argued that was inappropriate since Wood has no prior criminal record, is self-employed and he is the only financial supporter for his wife and eight children.

Booher agreed to a shortened sentence, but said it would be inappropriate for him not to serve jail time.

“He’s going straight to jail today,” Booher said, according to WMXI.

Wood was arrested in 2015 after handing out a pamphlet from the Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA) entitled “Your Jury Rights: True or False?’’ while standing on a public sidewalk in front of a courthouse in Big Rapids.

Prosecutors argued that Wood was trying to influence potential jurors before they heard a case against Andy Yoder, an Amish man who was accused of draining a wetland that was on his property.

Yoder took a plea deal that day and the case never went to trial. Wood said he did not know Yoder, and he only wanted to inform potential jurors that they had the right to vote their conscience over the law.

Wood initially faced a felony charge for obstruction of justice and a misdemeanor for attempting to influence jurors. His bond was set at $150,000, but he was released after posting 10 percent of the bond or $1,500.

The felony charge, which carried a possible five-year sentence and up to $10,000 in fines, was dropped last March. Then, in June, a jury of six found Wood guilty of attempting to influence a jury, which, according to Michigan law involves someone who “willfully attempts to influence the decision of a juror in any case by argument or persuasion, other than as part of the proceedings in open court in the trial of the case.”

https://www.rt.com/usa/397170-mecosta-keith-wood-sentence/

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3 responses to “Welcome to America: Former pastor sentenced to jail for handing out jury nullification flyers at court house

  1. Our criminal “Justice System” at work, financed by your tax dollars. They have no use for free speech in America.

  2. In Denver, if memory is intact, charges were dropped against a man handing out FIJA info…….. A win around these parts for sure……..

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