Prosecution of a leafleter promoting jury nullification near the courthouse steps
Former college professor Julius Heicklen is being prosecuted federally with a misdemeanor count for handing jury nullification leaflets out near the courthouse. The First Amendment is clearly involved here.
Heicklen is proceedng pro se with an advisory lawyer, having said he will do things in his case that could get a lawyer disbarred.
Here are documents relevant to his case:
– New York Times article (Feb. 25, 2011.) (Thanks to the colleague who made me aware of the article.)
– The indictment.
– His court case docket (current as of this past weekend, when I uploaded it).
Here is the statute under which he is being prosecuted:
Whoever attempts to influence the action or decision of any grand or petit juror of any court of the United States upon any issue or matter pending before such juror, or before the jury of which he is a member, or pertaining to his duties, by writing or sending to him any written communication, in relation to such issue or matter, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.
Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the communication of a request to appear before the grand jury.