The Case of Laura Kriho

Laura Kriho was a juror in Gilpin County, Colorado, who voted to acquit a defendant in a drug case. In retaliation, the judge in that case charged her with contempt of court, for violating the instructions of the judge and failing to disclose her knowledge of the power of jurors to judge the law in a case, even though she had not been asked about that in voir dire. She was found guilty, and fined $1200. The case is a landmark one, and it is on appeal. We offer some material on the case, in reverse chronological order.

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