Update: Mark Schmidter rally scheduled for Monday evening in Orlando
Update: Friends, family and colleagues of Mark Schmidter will gather to rally in his support Monday evening, Feb. 25, in Orlando. This event which begins at 5 p.m., will take place on the grounds of the Orange County Courthouse. Schmidter attorney Adam Sudbury will be available from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. to answer any questions regarding the upcoming legal proceedings.
More about the case
Attorney Adam Sudbury, representing Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA) activist Mark Schmidter, is preparing to file an appeal with the Florida Supreme Court seeking to free his client. Schmidter, the First Amendment andjury nullification proponent, was sentenced to 145 days in jail by the Fifth District Court of Appeal in the State of Florida on Thursday, Feb. 21.
Though the judges agreed Orange County Judge Belvin Perry overstepped his authority by creating free speech zones in and around the Orange Courthouse in Orlando, they agreed with Perry’s argument Schmidter engaged in “jury tampering” by handing out the FIJA pamphlets to jurors preparing to deliberate on criminal cases.
Following the verdict, law enforcement officials immediately escorted Schmidter to jail.
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