While reading responses to Patric Pogan’s jury trial yesterday afternoon, I learned a new phrase: jury nullification.
Update: Analysis of the verdict.
The New York police officer who allegedly body slammed a cyclist during a Critical Mass ride was found guilty of falsifying his report in which he claimed he the cyclist assaulted Pogan, and Pogan merely hit back in self defense.
Strangely, the jury acquitted Pogan of the assault charge, which is exactly what he lied about in his police report.
So, if Pogan didn’t actually assault Christopher Long, why exactly would Pogan lie about it?
Patrick Pogan, the NYPD officer who won YouTube infamy when he body slammed cyclist Christopher Long during the July 25 2008 Critical Mass, is currently on trial for assaulting Long. In his testimony at his criminal trial, he claims he didn’t actually mean to knock Mr Long down.
For somewhat more factual reporting, you can read about Pogan’s reality bending testimony in the New York Times.