Jury nullification activist, Mark E. Schmidter, faces nearly a year in
jail after being found guilty of two felonies: External Criminal
Contempt of Court, and jury tampering, for handing out information
outside the Orange County Courthouse in Florida. What’s interesting is
that Schmidter is not guilty of any actual law, but rather rules written
by the acting Judge. These rules that Schmidter is in violation of are
for demonstrating outside of “free speech zones
” determined by Judge Perry.
Casey Anthony's Judge Belvin Perry's Free Speech Zones Unconstitutional!!:
Schmidter, who was first arrested in June 2011, maintains his
innocence and that the judge’s orders he violated were a direct
violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution in the first place.
Perry issued Administrative Order # 2011 03 which states that if
anyone hands out information, talks or hold a sign outside the
courthouse, they would be held in contempt of court and jury tampering.
Administrative Order #2011 07 states that anything that has to do
with “Free Speech” may only be done in the free speech zones which are
two 10’x30’ remote areas nearly a football field away from the
Here is Schmidter being interviewed before his court appearance in June: