Arguments heard in Keith Wood appeal

GRAND RAPIDS — Oral arguments were heard Wednesday in a Michigan Court of Appeals (MCOA) courtroom as part of a jury tampering conviction from Mecosta County.

According to MCOA records, Keith Wood’s lawyer David Kallman and Mecosta County Prosecutor Brian Thiede delivered arguments during the hearing.

Wood was arrested on Nov. 24, 2015, for distributing material about jury nullification outside the Mecosta County Courthouse. On the day Wood was outside the courthouse distributing pamphlets, a trial was scheduled to begin, with area residents showing up for jury selection.

The ACLU of Michigan, Cato Institute and the Fully Informed Jury Association, which authored the pamphlets Wood handed out, each filed amicus briefs in support of Wood’s appeal.

The three judges presiding over the hearing will issue a decision sometime in the next two weeks.

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Posted by Brandon Fountain

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