Federal Court To Hear Denver Challenge To Jury Nullification
A federal judge is scheduled to hear evidence in a lawsuit arguing that a Denver judge cannot bar people from telling potential jurors outside a courthouse that they have a right to ignore laws they believe are wrong.
Attorney David Lane filed a lawsuit against the city and Denver police, asking a federal judge to stop police from arresting people on jury tampering charges. Two people have already been arrested, and a Denver judge has posted a warning against any other attempts to influence jurors.
Jury nullification happens when a jury refuses to convict despite the evidence because of moral beliefs.
Prosecutors say potential jurors, including some involved in a death penalty case, may have been given notices that might influence their decisions.
You want to know what is really going on these days, especially in Colorado. We can help you keep up. The Lookout is a free, daily email newsletter with news and happenings from all over Colorado. Sign up here and we will see you in the morning!