George Donnelly Trial Postponed to September 1, 2010, at 2:00 pm
FIJA Demonstration in Baltimore, MD on August 23, 2010
I arrived at the U. S. District Courthouse at 101 W. Lombard Street, in Baltimore, MD at 11:50 am. It was a hot and sunny day. I stood on federal property about one foot away from the public sidewalk and started distributing the American Jury Institute Pamphlet entitled “A Primer for Prospective Jurors” with my insert.
At 12:00 pm a police woman approached me and told me that I was OK where I was, but not to go to the courthouse door. She also asked if I planned further dates for distribution. I answered that we had no specific plans, but that we probably would return at a future date.
At 12:10 pm another police woman approached and took a pamphlet. Both women were private police under contract with the U. S. District Court.
At 12:17 pm the second woman returned and asked how long I had been doing this. I responded about one year. She asked for my name, but I refused to provide it. I asked for her name, but she also refused to provide it.
At 12:28 pm, the first police woman returned, accepted a pamphlet, and left.
Pedestrian traffic was light. I distributed about 25 pamphlets with my insert. At 1:10 pm I left for the day because of the low pedestrian traffic, it was very hot, I forgot my sunscreen, and my JURY INFO sign handle had broken. Excuses, excuses, excuses.
FIJA Demonstration in Alexandria, VA on August 24, 2010
I arrived at the U. S. District Courthouse at 401 Courthouse Square in Alexandria, VA at 7:59 am. It was a chilly and overcast day. The courthouse is set in a court, so that there is almost no pedestrian traffic except for people entering or leaving the courthouse. I stood on the sidewalk, which was federal property, in front of the entrance.
At 8:01 am a courthouse security officer told me that I had to move across the street. I declined his request. I asked his name, but he refused to give it to me. He left.
At 8:08 am another security officer took a pamphlet and read my flyer in my presence. Then he left. I was not approached by any officer for the rest of my stay.
I continued to distribute pamphlets with flyers unmolested. At 9:20 am a person exited the courthouse, identified himself as a defense attorney, and said: “good stuff.”