The elected treasurer of Jefferson County, Colo., hands out “jury rights guides” that rely on biblical phrases and conservative thought, the Denver Post reports. Mark Paschall said the 1,000 booklets, “my personal gift to the people,” were purchased with $500 to $600 of his money and that of two political allies who work in his office.
The booklets promote “jury ification,” a concept advocated by politically conservative groups that argue juries have the right to not only decide guilt or innocence, but also whether laws are just and adhere to God’s law. “YOU ARE ABOVE THE LAW!” the booklet says. “As a JUROR in a trial setting, when it comes to your individual vote of innocent or guilty, you truly are answerable only to GOD ALMIGHTY.”
County officials say Paschall has a right to express his beliefs, but not to distribute such material at the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Facility in Golden, Colo. Cal Johnston, chairman of the Jefferson County Democratic Party, asked, “What is the county treasurer doing handing out books like that?”
Paschall was known for anti-abortion and pro-gun views during eight years in the Colorado House of Representatives.