The Colorado Supreme Court heard arguments today on whether jurors should be able to ask witnesses questions during criminal trials.
The case involves a woman convicted of attacking her ex-boyfriend. Her attorney says a juror shouldn't have been allowed to ask how often witnesses change their statements -- because it led to speculative and irrelevant testimony.
Most states give judges the authority to allow jurors to submit screened questions. Five states ban the practice -- but Colorado's rule was put in place last summer.
Attorneys for the state say questions are filtered through the judge, prosecutor and defense attorney before the witness hears them. They also say follow-up questions can clear up any confusion.
The case was heard in Pueblo as part of the court's annual "Courts in the Community" program. Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey said a ruling could be announced in three to four months.
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