PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — A blind Bremerton jazz musician who was convicted of obstructing a police officer had the conviction overturned by a judge.
Kitsap County Superior Court Judge Jay B. Roof found that Bremerton prosecutors wrongfully told municipal court jurors that to acquit Mark Lewis they would have to believe officers were lying.
The Kitsap Sun reports (http://is.gd/mRV8AC ) the judge says that tactic misstates the law, the role of the jury and burden of proof.
Lewis was arrested in September 2010 after a tussle with police. Lewis said he didn’t know he was dealing with an officer.
The jury convicted Lewis in January 2011 of obstructing police. Most of his 15-day jail sentence was put on hold for the appeal.
Information from: Kitsap Sun, http://www.kitsapsun.com/