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James Cleaveland Jury Deliberating – Union Leader Covers Trial

December 17th, 2015 - 9:44am by FTL_Ian in

Yesterday the trial of Free Keene blogger James Cleaveland for recording police wrapped up with an excellent closing argument by defense attorney Paul Garrity (video still to come) advocating jury nullification . The jury was sent to deliberate and could not reach a verdict by the close of court. This morning, the jury was back to deliberating at 9am – the fact that it’s taking this long could be a good sign for James.

Activists were out front of the court this morning for the fourth day in a row holding signs and offering jury nullification information from . Yesterday, Union Leader reporter Meghan Pierce showed up to cover the trial....

NH Jury Activists Bring Message to Potential Jurors for James Cleaveland’s Recording Cops Trial

December 14th, 2015 - 4:09pm by FTL_Ian in

NH Jury Activists Outside Cheshire Superior Court

NH Jury Activists Outside Cheshire Superior Court

NH Jury activists gathered this morning outside Cheshire superior court in Keene to perform jury outreach prior to jury selection for the trial of James Cleaveland which begins tomorrow morning (Tuesday 12/15) at 9am.

James is facing two “Class A” misdemeanor charges with a possibility of up to two years in prison for being arrested while recording video of police at the scene of a suicidal man in...

Video of the Media Panel @ Keenevention 2015

December 11th, 2015 - 5:37pm by FTL_Ian in

In past years the media panels at Keenevention have been nuts-and-bolts how-tos on being the media. This year was similarly informative and useful, focusing on monetizing liberty media efforts. Shire Dude headed up an excellent panel of experienced liberty media producers for this year’s Media Panel. Panelists included Derrick J Freeman of Flaming Freedom , Darryl W. Perry of Free Press Publications , and Brett Veinotte of the School Sucks Project . Here’s the full, nearly-90-minute panel :

Big thanks to our 2015 video sponsor – Roberts & Roberts Brokerage – when you’re serious about precious metals – they take bitcoin!

Stay tuned to the Keenevention blog...

Local Hate Group Member Charged With Armed Robbery? – UPDATED

December 11th, 2015 - 3:17pm by FTL_Ian in
Justin Paquette Mugshot

Justin Paquette Mugshot

During the Chalk Wars of 2014, we were introduced to an unsavory character in town named Justin Paquette . The Boston native was accompanying James Michael Phillips when Phillips attacked a peaceful man for chalking in downtown’s Central Square , knocking him into the fountain and causing serious injury. While Paquette did not commit the attack, he was definitely pals with Phillips, grabbed at people’s cameras (attempted assault), and...

New Hampshire Liberty News Roundup

December 10th, 2015 - 5:00pm by FTL_Ian in

I’ve had loads of news from New Hampshire of interest to libertarians that have been stacking up over the last couple of months that I just haven’t been able to make the time to post individually here. So, this is my attempt to catch up on my backlog by putting them all in a news round-up post:

Alstead Woman Wins Case Against State, Must Have Medical Cannabis Card Issued Immediately By Foot-Dragging Bureaucrats Court Overturns Police Chief’s Ruling that Gun Rights Activist Mother is “Unsuitable” to Concealed Carry in NH New Dumbest Law Contest for Students in NH Announces Winner...

False Headlines Herald Bitcoin’s Death in New Hampshire

December 10th, 2015 - 10:18am by FTL_Ian in

Bitcoin NH License Plate

Bitcoin is big in NH

This week, social media was exploding with various posts of a breathless, alarmist piece on a bitcoin news website called DinBits: “ Bitcoin Sales Now Prohibited In the State of New Hampshire “. Things looked quite dire from the headline and the article itself was also misleading. “How could you liberty activists let this happen?”, cried many on the facebooks.

“The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” – Bitcoin

There’s no doubt that HB 666 (yes, 666) is not a good bill. However, it did not prohibit the...

UBER Grandma Gets Positive FOX Coverage + Full Interview

December 8th, 2015 - 2:33pm by FTL_Ian in
UBER Grandma Stephanie Franz

UBER Grandma Stephanie Franz, courtesy CBS Boston

FOX 25 Boston’s Kathryn Burcham filed this excellent report on the continuing assault on peaceful Seacoast UBER driver Stephanie Franz, the 63-year-old grandmother who has now been ticketed several times for driving people places without a government permission slip.

She, despite facing $3,500 in fines from the city for her peaceful civil disobedience, is...

Ridley Report: Can’t move to NH? You can still help from outside.

December 7th, 2015 - 12:30am by FTL_Ian in

In Dave Ridley ‘s recent two-part video, he explains that people outside of NH can still focus their activism efforts here, and reap greater benefit for liberty in general. If you can’t move to New Hampshire, spending your activism time doing things for NH’s freedom from afar, like reviewing bills for the NH Liberty Alliance – would be a more efficient way for you to spend your time.

He also critiques the perceived ratio of activism to social events in NH, though admits he can only observe activism that’s publicized. It’s an important two videos, and as usual, Ridley’s commentary is right on:

Video 1/2 :

Video 2/2 :

Can Shia LaBeouf DO IT and help the Free State Project reach 20,000?

December 6th, 2015 - 1:26am by FTL_Ian in

As the Free State Project closes in on 90% of its goal of 20,000 people pledged to move to New Hampshire and get active to achieve liberty in our lifetime, Shia LaBeouf has some words of inspiration to help give a gentle nudge to those still sitting on the fence:

If you love liberty, please join the Free State Project and start planning your move today!

Need a few more reasons to move? Here are 101 of them, in our one-hour documentary, “ 101 Reasons Liberty Lives in New Hampshire “.