Rich Paul Found Guilty – Juror admits, “We didn’t want to break the law.”

RichWendyIn yet another sad jury decision, activist Rich Paul, the creator of the historic 420 celebrations in downtown Keene, was found guilty of multiple felony counts of selling cannabis to other consenting humans and one count of selling a substance prosecutors said he claimed was LSD. (Paul never claimed the substance was LSD but that didn’t matter to the jury.)

As is so typical, the jurors left the building together for protection from the raining questions from people who love the peaceful human the jurors sent to a cage. Not one juror would take $20 for a five minute interview.

However, there was one juror willing to speak, albeit only for a moment. He admits when asked why he didn’t make history today, that “We didn’t want to break the law.” and then accuses me of threatening him. He then gets into a dark blue minivan with a Romney sticker, tinted windows, and the license plate FISHERS:

They took three hours, so presumably some of the jurors were voting not guilty, but were turned. That’s just like in the occupy trial, where we actually did get one juror to talk on camera, AFTER the other jurors and bailiffs had left. Hopefully someday, one juror will develop a spine and stand up for their beliefs, even against a group. It’s OK to hang a jury! I also believe jurors need to be told this. A jury does not have to return a verdict. One must wonder what pressure they are under to vote against their conscience. They must know how scary and dangerous the state people are and are easily swayed to guilty, after all, wouldn’t want to cross “the state”!

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71 comments
Julie Bourbeau
Julie Bourbeau

what a shame!! just shows how people really don't want change even if its for the betterment of the human race. I hope he can appeal!

rzellers@vaseycommercial.com
rzellers@vaseycommercial.com

I have never commented on here but i follow your site and videos alot. this person broke the law. we have laws in this country to keep order. if you dont like the laws here you can always move. you all involved in this are complete idiots and seem to me, have no sense at all.

NHNative42
NHNative42

It was once a federal law to help escaped slaves. Should that law have been enforced? Many laws have been immoral, throughout history. The opinions of politicians are not the moral definition of right and wrong. Grow a conscience of your own. Oh, and by the way, the government does not own the country, or the state, and have no right to demand everyone who lives here obey their arbitrary dictates, or leave, any more than I have a right to tell you the you must live the way I say, in your own house, or leave.

FlaminBourgeois
FlaminBourgeois

@NHNative42 That's like murdering someone and me saying that's bad because it's illegal, then you retorting with the fact that laws are not validated by their own existence. This is true, however, anyone with a simple concept of morality understands that murder is, by and large, bad. So, selling a highly addictive drug for profit is, by most definitions, morally wrong. Thus it is a legal law, but it's also a *moral* law. I don't expect a legitimate or intelligent reply, since generally once you deconstruct someone's strawman they just flail and regurgitate their original post, but have you something reasonable to say that'd be nice.

Katherine Stark
Katherine Stark

In New Hampshire, it starts with one juror voting guilty and the rest coming around.

Curtis Mayberry
Curtis Mayberry

Sad sad day for America, the founding fathers, I would say, are rolling in their graves on this one! While we have reform efforts going on in one place in this nation with everything looking like the war is over and marijuana will be free in another part, this happened, a life sentence! People we have to change this nationally or we will never be rid of the prohibitionists seeking to destroy and discriminate against a certain group of people, we have to stop them now!

Dan Macha
Dan Macha

How many innocent people must be 'burned at the stake', so that the feds will acknowledge the fact that 'the world is round'?

Sharon Standiford
Sharon Standiford

It is a shame. What a waste. That penalty for something so arbitrary. He could have beaten a child and gotten less time. Disgusting.

Adam Sanacore
Adam Sanacore

My God, what a bunch of guiltless, pathetic weasels. I'm not talking about the activists, by the way. You guys kick major ass. "We didn't want to break the law/" Really? So you think it's lawful to jail someone for smoking something with medical properties? America the brave, indeed.

Nick Berry
Nick Berry

The american public need to be taught about jury nullification.... plain and freaking simple. Every defense attorney in the country should be preaching it too!

Chas Eric
Chas Eric

Not much sense coming out of NH and unfortunately unsurprising to me.

Adam Sanacore
Adam Sanacore

It's not even a matter of jury nullification. It should be common sense by its own right that an individual should not be sent to jail for smoking weed.

Free_Able
Free_Able

"Be taught"? I say that the idea that the people are master and the state, including the courts are the peoples servant, ought be the nature of things understood at our earliest awareness. In a healthy liberty based society we would have that idea overriding all. I do not think that babies from the womb start out thinking like slaves. It is unfortunate that most are taught serfdom and the indoctrination is so far holding.

Amy Barnes
Amy Barnes

The police do actually keep track of the people who tee them off - so do not be surprised that the jurors were cowed into accepting the State's point of view. It's a NASTY world out there.

Leon H
Leon H

He WAS offered a chance to walk with no jail.

Don Duncan
Don Duncan

He wanted to stand up for liberty. He tried to put his trust in his peers, but what he got was a govt. stacked jury. This is how it works when govt. has a monopoly on law enforcement.

Guest
Guest

He would be a felon either way.

Snowdog
Snowdog

Funny how the system works: they threaten you with jail for the rest of your life, unless you confess; then you can go free. Has anything really changed in the past 1,000 years?

forethoughts
forethoughts

How wonderful they must feel to put some old guy in Jail for 80 plus years for a nothing crime that has no victim. There should be a test to serve on a jury. Years ago I was on a jury, there were 2 of us who were not gonna change our not guilty vote in Miami on a guy caught smuggling. I went to the bathroom, came back and they had brow beat this girl into changing her vote 3 days later we told the judge that we were deadlocked 11-1

Jeremy J. Olson
Jeremy J. Olson

Do you know if they retried the guy, or did he get off?

Upchuck_Crusader
Upchuck_Crusader

Such a test would be used to weed out "unwanted" jurors. It is never the test that counts, it's who grades the test.

Corey Moore
Corey Moore

Truly a sad day for peace and freedom. Rich Paul is a courageous man, and no matter what the state decides to do to him, he will be remembered as such. You can jail a man, but you can't jail his spirit!

TruckHax
TruckHax

totally tragic! can't believe it. is this the friggin middle ages...

Faye Lemke Hamilton
Faye Lemke Hamilton

Wait a second. You're blaming the jurors and calling them spineless for following the law? If you don't like the law and don't think people should be charged with selling pot, then work to change the law. But as long as the law is on the books and someone gets arrested for it, don't blame the jurors. That's just ignorant. Change the law. Don't expect jurors to not follow the law.

Snowdog
Snowdog

Funny... we've been told we're not welcome in the State House, either.

Nicolas
Nicolas

Wow how ignorant. Do you really call yourself an American ? Do you even know about jury nullification ? ALSO Go back and read jefferson : "Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’, because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual."Thomas Jefferson

Scott
Scott

He has not been sentenced yet.

Xnelms
Xnelms

So, just because it is law means we shouldn't blame someone for upholding it? In one state it is illigal to have an icecream cone in your back pocket, should someone be prosecuted for that? Just because it is law doesn't mean it is right and doesn't mean the prosecutor needs to prosecute.

Voluntaryist Mitch
Voluntaryist Mitch

The law says they can find him not guilty if they disagree with the law... They chose to send somebody to prison for the rest of his life. They deserve all the blame in the world. They are a bunch of sick, twisted people.

Don Duncan
Don Duncan

Yes, I'm blaming the jurors for not knowing that the law does not dictate the verdict. It is the juror that judges the facts and law for himself before rendering a verdict. When a juror ignorantly follows illegal instructions from the judge to obey the law and convict, he defaults on his duty as a citizen to think for himself and act by his morals. Most jurors will act against their moral code and common sense under judicial duress. This sheep-like behavior is programed in govt. controlled schools in every grade. Public "education" has not failed the authorities. It worked for Hitler, Stalin, and Mao also. America is no different in this regard. "Land of the slave, home of the coward".

Justin Altman
Justin Altman

It's not "our" law to change. This is a gang that writes unfunny, unrhymed poetry and imposes it on the people in their gang territory. If you appeal to them to change their laws you're admitting that you are their property to be dealt with as they may. And they're not going to listen anyway - the status quo has made careers for these people. Any threat to their laws, any change, is going to unemploy people. There's prosperity in prohibition, for gangsters and the state. But I repeat myself. Besides - look at the objective evidence. More than 50% of the people want a change in drug laws. People have been directly fighting to change them for decades. How much progress has been made? Either it's moral and just to be able to deal in cannabis or it's not. Whatever the state says about it, and when they say it, is not logically connected to this determination.

Daniel Shumaker
Daniel Shumaker

81 years for pot? Really? It's time we all looked up and read about Jury Nullification. This is ridiculous. And how much time should the current president, Obama and the last president, Bush, have gotten for their drug use?!!

Fst Sqr
Fst Sqr

Adversity has a purpose. I've always liked this quote from Robert Collier... "In every adversity there lies the seed of an equivalent advantage. In every defeat is a lesson showing you how to win the victory next time."

Robert Lallier
Robert Lallier

It's the lawyers using voir dire to hand-select ignorant, manipulable cowards for jurors.

Jeremy J. Olson
Jeremy J. Olson

Both sides get to select the jurors so you really can’t blame that. Rich had participated in jury selection and said he was selecting intelligent, educated people from the jury pool—the exact opposite of what most juries are composed of—hoping that would make a difference.

Joe Vangel
Joe Vangel

I don't smoke marijuana, but I would have voted not guilty. I would not put a peaceful person in prison. Whats the difference with selling someone a joint or selling someone a 1/5th of Jim Beam ? Alcohol causes a lot of issues in this country but our masters say it's fine. I've been around folks that smoked marijuana, and I've been around drunks,...I'll take someone high ANYDAY over a rowdy drunken asshole. I promise I will never convict !

Thomas Clement
Thomas Clement

like james said he knowingly broke a law in which he had no doubt or question of the law. no sympathy there. enjoy your stay!

Voluntaryist Mitch
Voluntaryist Mitch

You are a truly sick person. You have no problem with sending a peaceful person to prison for the rest of his life for selling a plant?

PeaceRequiresAnarchy
PeaceRequiresAnarchy

I'll pay you $100 if you read Frederick Douglass's short autobiography "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave," before the end of 2013 and then call me and tell me that you have done so. Let me know if you are interested in accepting my offer and I will give you my phone number.

NHNative42
NHNative42

It was once a federal crime to help an escaped slave. Say Harriet Tubman came to your door, with an escapee. Would you throw her in jail too? Send the slave back to his/her "owner"? The opinion of politicians is not the definition of moral right and wrong. "I was told to" is called the Nuremberg defense. Google it. Read Jefferson, MLK, Gandhi, many others -- they say the same. This amoral, robot-like mentality is pathetic. "Land of the free/brave" my ankle. Bunch of bootlicking zombies.

PabloKOh
PabloKOh

And making his own children pay for it with increased tax burden. I don't understand his logic.

jeffmagic
jeffmagic

So all laws are moral? Would it have been wrong to stand up to a Nazi storm trooper forcing jews onto trains? Or would it have been wrong to prevent the US military from herding those of Japanese decent into prison camps?

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