Free! Free! Free at last! I am free at last!
I was arrested on August 22, 2011, for violating 2 court orders by passing out pamphlets at the the Orange County (Orlando, FL) Courthouse. I was brought before Chief Judge Belvin Perry where I was charged with indirect criminal contempt. I exercised my 5th Amendment right to remain silent. Judge Perry plead not guilty on my behalf, appointed me counsel to represent myself, but set no bond amount. I spent the next 3 weeks in the Orange County jail.
News from Mark Schmidter:
Adam Sudbury (Julian and My lawyer) : Julian is to be released today on $12,000. Bond! Perry almost did not let him out?? No big news media, Perry may not like it??? I will pick up Julian jail tonight. It took me 12 hours to get out? Sudbury will call Julians wife she will credit card the money, I will secure with my house. Yours in freedom. Mark Schmidter
A Beijing court has sentenced an activist to 9 months in jail for protesting at a court house. Wang Lihong was protesting the arrest and trials of bloggers who were arrested for libel. Her arrest and sentencing has been widely criticized as an crackdown on dissent by human rights activists.
Miss Lihong's treatment mirrors the treatment of activists in the Orlando area. A crackdown on dissent by Judge Belvin Perry has resulted in the arrest and sentencing of two juror rights and free speech activists. Julian Heicklen and Mark Schmidter have both been sentenced by Judge Perry to approximately five months in jail.
Hopefully the cases against Julian Heicklen and Mark Schmidter will be thrown out on appeal, however it is unlikely that either the Beijing injustice system or Judge Perry will ever be held accountable for their crimes.
UPDATE: Julian has been sentenced to 145 days. He wishes to hire a lawyer to appeal his conviction. See Julian's webpage for more information. Other places that are covering Julian's saga include George Donnelly's site and the Civil Disobedience Evolution Fund page. A fundraising effort has been started. If this money is not used for his defense all donations will be returned to the donors.
NJ Libertarian Candidate for NJ Assembly (district 37) and longtime freedom activist Julian Heicklen has been arrested in Florida for defying Judge Perry's Administrative Order banning pamphleting in or around the Orange or Osceola court houses. The below video has been provided by Orlando Cop Watch.
Judge Perry's unlawful order has been written about previously on this website.
Recently Libertarian activist Mark Schmidter was sentenced to 151 days for the same offense.
I did a half-hour program regarding the NJLP projects on a program called "Mike and the Coach" that appeared on Bayonne's public access channel.
Youth volunteers are being sought to sit on a panel that meets with and judges youth offenders. Youth libertarians need to consider volunteering for this. As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to dismiss victimless crimes and help society. See article about it here.
At our summer General Meeting the members present the NJLP voted to officially support Assembly Bill A4252. This bill decriminalizes the possession of 15 grams or less of marijuana. This bi-partisan bill was sponsored by Reed Gusciora (D) and Michael Carroll (R). As of this date 15 co-sponsors have signed onto the bill.
This bill is not perfect. The limit of 15 grams (approximately 1/2 ounce) is too low and "offenders" will still face $150 fine. It is a huge improvement to the current law. Offenders today face a criminal conviction with up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.
Dear Friend of Liberty,
I'm sure you have heard the news about the Standard & Poor's downgrade of the U.S. government's credit rating.
I'm not a finance expert, so I don't know exactly how important the downgrade itself is. I think it's one more sign of what Libertarians have known for a long time: the Democrats and Republicans have created a giant welfare-warfare state that is beginning to collapse under its own weight. And I see no sign that they are going to change their behavior.
NJLP members John Paff and Nena Carroll participate
in an anti-war protest in Highland Park, New Jersey on Saturday, July
The NJ Libertarian Party has returned to the Warped Tour Concert. We were last there in 2009. Warped Tour is a touring concert series featuring over sixty bands.
At both the Camden and the Oceanport we set up booth up alongside the Campaign For Liberty and the Ron Paul for President tables. We worked together to steer attendees to each others' booths.
Again we administered the World's Smallest Political Quiz to those who visited our booth.
I just interviewed with Sarah Morrison for her "Core of the Matter" radio program on WVPH-FM in Piscataway.
The topics of conversation were the NJLP efforts regarding loitering laws, police accountability and governmental transparency.
The program will air on tomorrow, Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at 7 p.m. and can be heard in Central New Jersey on FM radio at 90.3 MHz or on-line at http://www.thecore.fm
As many of you are aware, the NJLP has been trying to reach out to the young people of this state, in order to convey our message to other Americans who are tired of government oppression. In an attempt to further this goal, the NJLP rented a booth at the Camden leg of this year’s Warped Tour. From roughly 11 A.M. until 7 P.M. our Chairman Jay Edgar, along with Members-at-Large Kevin Ferrizzi and myself, Bill Sihr talked to as many passersby as possible.
The New Jersey Libertarian Party will be exposing thousands of youth to the party and to the fight for liberty at the upcoming Van's Warped Tour concerts in Camden (July 21st) and Oceanport (July 24th).
The concerts will be at the Susquehenna Bank Center in Camden on the 21st and at the Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport on the 24th. Dozens of alternative rock bands will be playing on multiple stages. We attended two years ago and had a great time while giving out literature and the World's Smallest Political Quiz to the crowd. Our NJLP booth was a real eye-catcher and got a lot more attention from the young crowd than many of the left-leaning booths around us. All activists are invited to come man (or woman!?) the booth and hang out for the day. Please contact the NJLP Chair, Jay Edgar, to volunteer for this event.