A stunning arrest notice just dropped in the swing state of Michigan. The Supreme Court has been notified, and this case, regardless of the outcome, will have serious constitutional ramifications.
In 2015, a man named Keith Wood “was distributing pamphlets” claiming that people “could choose their conscience over the law if they were picked to serve on a jury.” Now the controversial case has made its way to the state Supreme Court.
Wood was distributing his material outside of the Mecosta County courthouse, reportedly in relation to a matter involving a man’s wetlands dispute with a Michigan state agency. He was subsequently arrested on charges of jury tampering.
Interestingly enough, a plea deal was reached and the case never went to trial, however, Wood was still eventually convicted of jury tampering — which he claimed should not have happened, given that jurors were never picked in the first place.
The Michigan Court of Appeals upheld his conviction, but the state Supreme Court has agreed to take up his case — setting up a showdown on the issue of free speech.
The First Amendment states, in part, that “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
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