Carmen Trutanich vs. Occupy L.A.: A Case of Jury Nullification
The case against Steve Leaderman should have been easy to prove. Leaderman, 38, was one of the Occupy L.A. protesters who refused to leave City Hall Plaza after the LAPD ordered everyone to disperse on Nov. 30.
Leaderman, a veteran of political demonstrations, locked arms in a circle of protesters. He was ultimately carried out by police and charged with failure to disperse, a misdemeanor.
But after a three-day trial last week, a jury of his peers found him not guilty.
How did that happen? ………….