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11.14.2013

Making The Rounds: Visiting Judge In Tarrant County Chews Out Jury For Finding DWI Defendant Not Guilty



Amazing. It happened just over two weeks ago in County Criminal Court no. 4.

The jury has an absolute right to disregard an Intoxilyzer result if they have a reasonable doubt about its accuracy. It's not jury nullification, it is following their oath and the law. How he doesn't know that is beyond shocking.

It was visiting judge Jerry Ray who retired last year as district judge in Palo Pinto County. Before being judge, he was the elected District Attorney.

Full transcript.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

You're so smart, you should be the judge of everyone since you seem to know all facts all the time.

Anonymous said...

Rage must have been on the jury because they all got bitch slapped.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, visiting judge. Doesn't have to be concerned about being re-elected, does he?: :-)

Anonymous said...

I took it as he was saying they didn't doubt the results of the intoxilizer, they just chose to ignore it. Wouldn't the jury's note have to say that they in fact doubted intoxilizer and that is why they wanted to ignore it? I think he said it was nullification because they didn't make clear their doubt, which makes me think the defense didn't do anything to create any doubt about the intoxilizer results to begin with. I would guess that is why he called it "bizarre". They created doubt out of thin air and he called them on it.

Anonymous said...

I would have to see the evidence before making judgement.

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a typical Wise County DWI jury.

DF Learned Hand said...

Yes! What we need more of is a Judge who is willing to yell at Jurors, telling them that they are foolish...completely mocking and undermining the system over which he presides. "Thank you for your service, you idiotic group of mouth-breathers." Genius.

Let's face it, Judge Ray never stopped being a prosecutor. Ever. At least he didn't text questions to the prosecutor in this case.

Anonymous said...

Isn't Palo Pinto the county that has the rep for not being able to solve murders and go to trial?

Anonymous said...

"I took it as he was saying they didn't doubt the results of the intoxilizer, they just chose to ignore it. Wouldn't the jury's note have to say that they in fact doubted intoxilizer and that is why they wanted to ignore it? I think he said it was nullification because they didn't make clear their doubt, which makes me think the defense didn't do anything to create any doubt about the intoxilizer results to begin with. I would guess that is why he called it "bizarre". They created doubt out of thin air and he called them on it. "

Your mom is bizarre

Anonymous said...

If I was on that jury I would have busted out laughing

Anonymous said...

I wonder what the judicial system in this country would look like if more people knew about jury nullification. Jurors do not merely apply the rule of law in a particular case, but are entitled to judge the law itself. Beyond that they are free to make a verdict without need to explain or justify that ruling, as the judge clearly knew. Despite his commentary he did not question the legitimacy of the verdict, because he couldn't.

Anonymous said...

DF, I hope a day comes where you get the justice you seek for others

Anonymous said...

Judge Ray enters the court and acts that he has been appointed God. I recently appeared before him and he screamed and hollered through the entire proceeding. It's good to see corrupt judges called on the carpet for their actions.

Anonymous said...

Judge Ray is a corrupt judge. He screams and hollers throughout proceedings in clear violation of Judicial Code of Conduct. It's about time he is called on the carpet. Good riddance to the good judge