juliancourthouseNJ Libertarian Party member and former Libertarian candidate for NJ State Assembly is currently facing a charge of jury tampering for distributing  Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA) literature near the U.S. District Court in Manhattan. He is facing a hearing on December 12th in front of Judge Kimba Wood. So far the courts have denied his request for a jury trial.

The U. S. Constitution is quite clear on this issue in two places. In Article III, Sec. 2, it states: “The Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment, shall be by Jury.” In Amendment VI, it states: “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed,...”
                   - Julian Heicklen in a letter to Judge Wood

Julian's story was the subject of last nights Free Talk Live show.

Cato @ Liberty also covered it here. The New York Times has a story on it here.

Julian is currently out of jail on a bond while his conviction and sentence for leafleting in Florida is under appeal.

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