Sunday, March 06, 2011

Elderly Gadfly Faces Prison for Handing Out Political Pamphlets

Julian P. Heicklen is a 78-year-old retired Pennsylvania State University chemistry professor with an unusual hobby: For years the ardent libertarian activist has regularly stood outside the federal courthouse at 500 Pearl Street to spread the word about jury nullification, a controversial concept that encourages jurors to disregard any law they disagree with. The government doesn't want you to know about it, and now federal prosecutors are making an example of Heicklen, who's been arrested many times for distributing his fliers about the issue.'


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