June 26, 2019

Colorado Supreme Court: Practice of Referring to Prospective Jurors by Number Does Not Invalidate Conviction

The Colorado Supreme Court issued its opinions in Perez v. PeopleRizo v. People, and Robles v. People on Monday, April 8, 2013.

Anonymous Jury—Numbers Jury—Presumption of Innocence.

The Supreme Court affirmed the court of appeals’ judgment, which found that the practice of referring to prospective jurors by number did not invalidate defendant’s conviction. The Court held that the practice employed by the trial court did not warrant application of the federal anonymous jury test because no juror information was withheld from defendant. Further, the practice did not violate defendant’s right to a fair trial, including the presumption of innocence, because jurors had no reason to infer anything negative about defendant.

Summary and full case available here.

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