Internet trouble screwed the live show today. I’ve uploaded a short prerecorded bit.
Let me start off by thanking the Albemarle County Circuit Court for affixing this alcohol monitor to my ankle. Without it, I’d surely be too hungover to do the show today. Yesterday was the single most difficult day I’ve gone through since August 11th of last year.
Monday began the trial of Jacob Goodwin, a man who I came to know and respect as we shared a cell block in the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail. Jacob was one of several men charged with maliciously wounding Deandre Harris on August 12th, after Harris had been running around assaulting people with a weapon while wearing a mask.
The trial completed yesterday, and the jury had the option of finding Jacob not guilty, guilty of simple assault (misdemeanor), guilty of unlawful wounding (a lesser felony), or malicious wounding, which carries a sentence of 5-20 years. Jacob was found guilty of the most serious charge, and the jury came back with a recommendation of 10 years, “empathy training” and a suggestion that the judge suspend some portion of the sentence.
Back when I was heavily involved with the libertarians, there was a great deal of activism surrounding jury nullification. This is (usually) the idea that a jury can refuse to convict a defendant even if he broke the law, because they disagreed with the law or its application. On numerous occasions I stood outside courthouses, handing out fliers to potential jurors, telling them that they had the right, perhaps even the duty in some cases, to nullify unjust laws like the war on drugs, weapons possession, or anything not involving a victim.
I’ve sadly lost access to the photo since being permanently banned from Facebook, but I once proudly took a photo with the infamous Julian Heicklen at the Porcupine Freedom Festival in Lancaster, New Hampshire. Heicklen was a fervent activist who would hand out jury nullification fliers even in places where he knew he would be arrested for doing so, and had been arrested for this numerous times. He eventually got sick of being prosecuted, and fled the country.
In most courtrooms, if one attempts to put on a jury nullification defense, the judge will intervene. The system must never be put on trial, you see. So if one attempts to argue the injustice of the law instead of the facts of the case, the proceedings will come to a grinding halt and the defense or his council may well find themselves held in contempt if they persist. In many courtrooms, merely mentioning the constitution in a weapons possession case for example, will cause this outcome.
In New Hampshire, our legislature passed a law to change this. Defendants have a legal right to put the law itself on trial. If you are charged with a crime in New Hampshire, your opening and closing arguments can be “I did it, and you should find me not guilty anyway, because this law is unjust”.
While the legislature was still considering this law, I testified before a legislative committee on the subject. The legislature was largely sympathetic to our cause, but feared the law might actually be misused by prosecutors to convict defendants of laws they had not in fact broken. I referred to this as “Reverse Jury Nullification” and pointed out that this was already happening entirely too frequently. I used the example of Rich Paul, a New Hampshire activist who had been convicted of selling a substance “purported to be LSD” even though what he had sold at the time was a then legal research chemical known as 2CB, just because he referred to it as “acid”. However, as Rich’s defense pointed out, a Google search for “legal acid” at the time, would have come back with many results for 2CB, and so the law was liberally misapplied in his case.
Such was the case with Jacob Goodwin.
I’ll here acknowledge that many of our guys would have been well served to take a self defense class prior to arriving in Charlottesville. The laws surrounding self defense vary from place to place, and the application of those laws varies even more. The line between defensive force and violent crime is not a clear one, and under the best of circumstances well meaning people cross this line all the time. To put it lightly, Charlottesville was not the best of circumstances. Entirely too many good people are in jail or prison for doing what they thought was right, just because some group of self important bureaucrats who’ve never been in a violent conflict thought they knew better.
So if the jury had found Jacob guilty of simple assault, though I would have disagreed with them, I could understand that outcome. Jacob kicked Deandre Harris while Harris was on the ground. Reasonable people can look at that and conclude that whatever Harris did, this was one step too far.
To find Jacob guilty of malicious wounding, the jury would have to conclude that Jacob had in fact wounded Harris, and that he had acted with malice. To put it lightly, evidence was lacking in this regard.
Deandre’s face was busted up (and rightly so, considering what he did to Harold Crews), but Jacob did not hit Harris in the face. No evidence was provided that Goodwin injured Harris in any way, only that he kicked him. Even if you ignore the fact that Harris was engaged in numerous violent crimes that day, while feloniously wearing a mask, the only crime committed here was assault.
To find Jacob guilty of wounding Harris is reverse jury nullification. He is being held responsible for wounds which he factually did not inflict.
Even this would not support a malicious wounding charge. When Deandre Harris was charged with smashing Harold Crews in the face with a Maglite during a robbery, he was merely charged with unlawful wounding, a considerably less serious crime, which was later dropped to a simple assault and ultimately was found not guilty by a judge who nullified even that law.
Malicious wounding requires a rather specific intent for which no evidence was forthcoming. Jacob Goodwin was accused of being a white supremacist, and Deandre Harris was black. That’s all there was to it. If Goodwin went to Charlottesville that day hoping for the chance to beat down negroes, there were plenty of them out there that day who would have made much more appealing targets than the armed and violent Harris. If the motive was racial bias, it wouldn’t make much sense for Goodwin to wait until Harris had committed a violent felony and come running toward him to begin his campaign of racially motivated terror.
This mattered not to the prosecution, and ultimately the same went for the jury. The hysteria of America’s ongoing and increasing racial tensions was the only argument necessary to convict Jacob Goodwin of a crime that had not occurred, and deprive this upstanding young man of a decade of his life.
The City of Charlottesville is in, as William Luther Pierce described Haiti, “a uniquely African combination of anarchy and despotism”. A completely lawless body operates with all the powers of an omnipotent government, wielding “laws” as mere weapons with which to punish political enemies.
The violence that occurred in Charlottesville that weekend never had to happen. At no other Alt Right demonstration did such mayhem ensue. When the police did their jobs, and kept the Leftist mobs in their cages where they belong, we show up, say what we have to say, and call it a night.
Instead, the city set the Reds on us and the riot those criminals had openly bragged about planning took place. Men were put in fear of their lives, and acted with unrivaled courage only to find themselves prosecuted for doing what the police should have done before things got out of hand.
Those of us lucky enough to live in places where this lawlessness has not yet reached should take note, and act to make sure this mayhem does not take over our governments in the name of tolerance and diversity. As White people are displaced, so are the legal systems we created, and with us goes the sort of ordered liberty that became the defining characteristic of Western Civilization.
Checks for Jacob’s legal defense fund (an appeal is being planned) can be made out to:
James E Kolenich
9435 Waterstone Blvd Ste 140
Cincinnati, OH, 45249-8229
They have to be made out to Kolenich or he can’t cash them. Include in the memo that it’s for the Goodwin/TWP fund or he’ll not know where to apply the money.
You can write Jacob Goodwin, and our other political prisoners at
Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail
160 Peregory Lane
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Include the name and inmate number on the envelope, listed below
Jacob Goodwin – Inmate #634728
Daniel Borden – Inmate #631461
Alex Ramos – Inmate #632152
James Fields – Inmate #631438
If somebody wants to put the other inmate numbers in the comments I’ll update this post.
You can send them money for their commissary accounts with a money order, or by using JailATM.com.
740-I-AM-1488 or RadicalAgenda on Skype of you would like to be on the pogrom.
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