MECOSTA COUNTY, Mich. — A Mecosta man is charged with a felony for obstruction of justice and misdemeanor of tampering with a jury for passing out fliers about jury nullification rights on the sidewalk of the Mecosta County courthouse.
Keith Wood, 39, faces these charges after handing out about 50 fliers on Nov. 24, which the Fully Informed Jury Association wrote, that describe juror rights that are typically not given by judges during jury instructions before a trial.
Wood’s Attorney Dave Kallman told FOX 17 the charges are “outrageous,” especially after Wood posted bond set at $150,000 last Tuesday. Obstruction of justice is a five-year felony with up to $10,000 in fines, and attempting to influence jurors is a one-year misdemeanor with fines up to $1,000.
Wood told FOX 17 he was speechless.
“When he (the Judge) told me the bond, again I was speechless,” said Wood. “$150,000 bond for handing out a piece of paper on a public sidewalk? Speechless.”
Wood said he charged $15,000 to his credit card to post bond. Kallman said he will fight for all of Wood’s bond to be returned, and called these charges an attack on free speech.
“It’s just a blatant illegal improper use of government power to squelch a person’s Constitutional rights of free speech, that’s what this is,” said Kallman.
“There has to be push-back, and judges and prosecutors and people need to know: you cannot squelch people’s free speech rights and get away with it.”