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FIJA in the News & Function of Juries & Jury Nullification | 06 Mar 2014

-Jury Nullification Comments, Link to FIJA on Facebook Prompt Jury Tampering Charge

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Jury BoxIn a case the defendant’s attorney says is motivated by the proximity of a March 18 primary election in which his client is a contender, Luke Lamb has been charged with unlawful communication with a juror for sharing a link to the FIJA website and making comments about jury nullification to someone who apparently requested the information.

County board member, sheriff candidate faces felony

A member of the Greene County county board who is running for sheriff is facing accusations of tampering with a jury trial.

The felony charge against Luke Lamb — unlawful communication with a juror — claims he made a post to a Facebook page in an attempt to get a juror in a case to vote not guilty. The case involved a speeding in a school zone charge and the person was subsequently acquitted.

Lamb supposedly posted a comment on a Facebook page in response to a request for information and posted a link to the website Fully Informed Jury Association. He also made a comment about nullification and later commented the person should only hang the jury if necessary.

Lamb’s attorney, Patrick A. Watts of St. Louis, maintains Lamb made the first comment in jest and that the wording on the subsequent post demonstrated “that he was leaving any decision about the individual case up to the juror.

“The juror was already intending to investigate the issue of jury nullification on his own and Mr. Lamb knew this. Thus, Mr. Lamb had no intent to influence because the juror was already ‘influenced’ prior to his selection as a juror,” Watts said.

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