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.

  • {short description of image} Reversal of Conviction Sought in Juror Case — Press release, September 15, 1997.
  • {short description of image} "Passing on well-hidden information", by Laura Kriho, a guest editorial in the Rocky Mountain News, September 15, 1997.
  • {short description of image} "Juries are the citizen's last line of defense", by Laura Kriho, a letter in the Boulder Daily Camera, September 13, 1997.
  • {short description of image} ABC Nightline on Jury Nullification, August 26, 1997, with Laura Kriho as guest

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Also see Trial Jury Reform

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