Monday, May 08, 2006

A fully informed juror wins

"Juror A" asked an attorney during the trial
whether she had to follow the law or could vote
her conscience because she suspected Rosenthal
was growing marijuana for medicinal uses. The
attorney told the woman she must follow Breyer's
instructions to follow federal law or she would
get in "trouble."

"We hold that here the communication was an
improper influence upon Juror A's decision to
acquit or convict," Judge Betty Fletcher wrote
for the court. She was joined by Marsha Berzon
and John Gibson.

Now see how that works.