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Function of Juries & Jurors Doing Justice & Jury Nullification | 07 Mar 2014

-Jury Finds Woman Not Guilty of Assaulting Officer


Jury BoxWho do you suppose would have gotten the benefit of the doubt—even given the total lack of any evidence of wrongdoing—had government officials been the ultimate judges instead of an independent jury?

Jury Finds Woman Not Guilty of Assaulting Officer

A Lancaster County jury found a 32-year-old woman not guilty of assaulting a Lincoln police officer who accused her of kicking him when he stopped her from going back into a downtown hotel after a Husker football game.

At a one-day trial Tuesday, Elli Palmer of Lincoln denied she kicked Police Sgt. William Koepke.

Koepke and a second officer working with him at the hotel the night of Oct. 27, 2012, both testified that she did. The officers were off-duty, being paid by the hotel and were in uniform.

The jury got the case Tuesday at 4:36 p.m., and came back to the courtroom 31 minutes later with the verdict.