Court­house protesters vul­gar, de­spite their at­tor­ney’s claim

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Kather­ine MacKen­zie,

“In odd twist, Den­ver found in con­tempt of fed­eral court in jury nul­li­fi­ca­tion case it had been dis­missed from,” July 29 news story.

It was with in­credulity that I read at­tor­ney David Lane’s com­ments that his clients were not vul­gar and de­served an apol­ogy for Judge Wil­liam J. Martinez’s com­ments in his rul­ing. He is dead wrong.

I was in and out of the Lindsey-Flani­gan court­house ev­ery other week for nine years. I en­coun­tered the jury-nul­li­fi­ca­tion protesters re­peat­edly. Re­peat­edly, they dropped the F-bomb and other ex­ple­tives, fre­quently through a bull­horn. They re­peat­edly ag­gres­sively ap­proached me, tried to shove their lit­er­a­ture into my hands, and, de­spite my re­quests to stop, con­tin­ued to harangue me with their rhetoric.

I found it un­pleas­ant to say the least, and es­pe­cially so since I had to be there for my job. Ap­par­ently Lane never ac­tu­ally ob­served what was go­ing on, or his clients were re­mark­ably well be­haved when he was there.

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