The Original Citizens Rule Book
The Bedrock of American Liberty
A collection of very important documents of our Founding Fathers which form the bedrock of American liberty. This pocket-sized booklet contains:The Constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, and a handbook for jurors. Every citizen of the United States should know these documents.
Citizens Rule Book is a handbook written to educate American citizens regarding their rights and responsibilities. It is a compilation of quotes from founders of the United States of America and select government documents, including information on the rights of a jury to “nullify bad law” and acquit people on trial.
The author of the Rule Book says that jurors have the right to nullify a trial if the law is unconstitutional or is being used in an unconstitutional manner. Originally published anonymously, the Citizens Rule Book is now known to have been written by Charles R. Olsen, a World War II Marine veteran and printer from Boston.
It is distributed by the Fully Informed Jury Association, among other groups.
The Citizens Rule Book is divided into three sections. The first section deals with the rights of juries, the second section discusses the views of American founders regarding jury trials, and the third section summarizes important founding documents of the United States.
WHAT’S IN THE ORIGINAL CITIZENS RULE BOOK
Section 1: A Handbook for Jurors
The Citizens Rule Book claims that citizens are “above the law” and may nullify any law which is unconstitutional. It says that a citizen’s power comes directly from God, therefore jurors are not beholden to decisions made by judges or other government agents. According to the book, “each JUROR has MORE POWER than the President, all of Congress, and all of the judges combined!”
By issuing a verdict of “not guilty”, even against the wishes of all other jurors, a single juror may “hang” a trial, resulting in a mistrial. The Rule Book advocates the use of this tactic to overturn cases in which a person is guilty of a crime, but the law in question is unconstitutional.
This section also says that the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights are based on the Biblical Ten Commandments. In contrast, “many of the planks of the Communist Manifesto are now represented by law in the U.S.”
Section 2: Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!
In this section, the Citizens Rule Book says that the founders of the United States believed all juries should be composed of people who personally know the accused. It quotes Patrick Henry, Representative John Holmes, and Declaration of Independence signatory James Wilson to the effect that jurors should be familiar with the “character” of the defendant on trial.
Section 3: Index to the Original Documents
In this section, the Citizens Rule Book provides summaries and commentaries on three important founding documents of the United States: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
The printers claim that over three million copies of the Citizens Rule Book have been published.
Family-owned and operated Whitten Printers continues to print and distribute this booklet.
The Citizens Rule Book was prepared after 1971 but not revised since then, because every edition found includes the 26th Amendment (voting age of 18 years), adopted in July 1971, but not the 27th Amendment (limiting Congressional pay increases) which was adopted in May 1992.
HISTORY OF THE ORIGINAL CITIZENS RULE BOOK
A Legacy Continues
- The Citizens Rule Book is the creation of the late Charles Olsen, a commercial printer in Phoenix, with two other men.
- He began publishing the booklet in 1976, simply as a way to get people to read the U.S. Constitution.
- It was his way of saying, “Hey, there’s something wrong. These are the rules, and we’re not living by them.”
- Three of Olsen’s sons continue to publish the booklet in remembrance of their father, who died in 1990, but also because they believe in the message.
- “It’s just that the Constitution was supposed to be for everyone … Now we’ve got judges set up as kings … making rules. The book stands for itself.
- Charles Olsen probably would be surprised at how popular it has become!
- The Citizens Rule Book is a useful tool for learning about the values upon which our country was founded. In addition, this handy pocket-sized booklet contains essential information for jurors.
- The complete text of The Declaration of Independence, The United States Constitution, and The Bill of Rights.
- Quotes by our Founding Fathers – John Adams, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and others.
- A summary of the Ten Commandments as compared to the Communist Manifesto.
- A Handbook for Jurors, covering important topics about jury duty and juror’s rights.
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