The jury has been selected for Kyler Carriker’s trial on the charge of first degree felony murder. During the selection process, known as voir dire, prosecutor Trinity Muth grilled the prospective jurors in much the same fashion that one might expect a detective to question a suspected criminal.
Muth asked each juror what their stance on marijuana was, and then moved on to questions pertaining to how the jurors must rule based on the law, as interpreted by the judge. Presumably, Muth’s point was to dissuade the jury pool from exercising their right to jury nullification, a process where a jury can vote not guilty if they disagree with the law itself. Jury nullification played a key role in ending the prohibition of alcohol.
Defense attorney Sarah Swain then began to ask the jury pool questions of her own, in an attempt to educate the jury on their rights, but Muth vehemently objected, and the judge sided with the prosecution, so the jury was not permitted to be asked questions about their right to nullify unjust laws.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 22, both sides will make their opening statements, beginning with the prosecution at 9 am, central standard time. Protests are expected to continue throughout the projected two week duration of the trial, and those wishing to join are asked to come to the Sedgwick County Courthouse.
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