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Honoring Julian Heicklen on Jury Rights Day 2014

Everyone who believes in true justice and not just the imposition of whatever various governments have decided they want "The Law" to be should know when Jury Rights Day is and what it's all about.

On this 2014 Jury Rights Day we should remember and honor Julian Heicklen, the preeminent modern Jury Rights activist in America along with the William Penn jurors who were instrumental in establishing the principle in England in 1670.
On this 2014 Jury Rights Day we should remember and honor Julian Heicklen, the preeminent modern Jury Rights activist in America along with the William Penn jurors who were instrumental in establishing the principle in England in 1670.
Banner courtesy FIJA / Julian Heicklen courtesy "Bile" – both used with permission

Jury Rights Day is celebrated every year on September 5.

Jury rights is about jury nullification, the right of every citizen who serves on a jury to decide not only the guilt or innocence of the accused but whether the law itself is legitimate, just, and being applied correctly.

Here's how the Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA) explains it on their Facebook page:

Jury Rights Day commemorates the trial and acquittal of Quaker William Penn who was arrested, pled not guilty, and subsequently argued against England’s "Conventicle Acts" that outlawed the practice of religions other than the Church of England.

Jury nullification is the reason why you have religious freedom in America today.

The purpose of FIJA is to educate you about your rights and duties as a juror.

Many longtime Libertarian News Examiner readers will remember the three-year saga of rights activist Julian Heicklen who attempted to educate people about jury nullification.

Beginning in 2009 at age 77 Julian began distributing FIJA fliers outside of America's courthouses throughout the Mid-Atlantic States, Florida, California and elsewhere. For his efforts various government law enforcers constantly confronted, harassed, heckled, threatened, and arrested him. He was frequently shipped off to hospital psychiatric wards where he was injected with anti-psychotic drugs against his will. At one point he spent 18 days in New York City's notorious Riker's Island prison.

Some who worked with him, part of a thousand-strong group of supporters called Tyranny Fighters, were also harassed and arrested.

On this September 5 many who remember Julian Heicklen and the Tyranny fighters he inspired will no doubt pause to honor and thank him for his courage and his inspiration.

In addition to FIJA materials Julian liked to hand out his own leaflet as well:

THE JUDGE WILL INSTRUCT THE JURY THAT IT MUST UPHOLD THE LAW AS HE GIVES IT. HE WILL BE LYING. THE JURY MUST JUDGE THE LAW AS WELL AS THE FACTS.

JURIES WERE INSTITUTED TO PROTECT CITIZENS FROM THE TYRANNY OF GOVERNMENT. IT IS NOT THE DUTY OF THE JURY TO UPHOLD THE LAW. IT IS THE JURY'S DUTY TO SEE THAT JUSTICE IS DONE.

Rumors are circulating online that a major book chronicling Julian and the Tyranny Fighters is in the works but few details have been revealed at this writing.