DNC: No convictions in first convention protest trials
DENVER, Colorado ” Denver prosecutors have come up empty-handed against the first nine protesters facing trials stemming from the Democratic convention.
The city attorney dropped charges against seven protesters who faced trials this week. Jurors deadlocked on the other two, and a judge threw out one of them, saying “no reasonable person” would convict the defendant in a second trial.
Prosecutors haven’t decided whether to retry the other case.
More than 150 people were arrested in Denver between Aug. 23 and Aug. 28 in convention-related incidents. Up to 60 were facing trials after they refused plea agreements.
City Attorney David Fine defends the prosecutions, saying some people on the deadlocked juries had voted for convictions.
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