Judge grants newspaper access to jurors of hate crime case
A judge has given permission to a Kentucky newspaper to contact jurors who heard a trial of two cousins charged in the kidnapping and assault of a gay man in Harlan County. But U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove declined to strike down the court rule that prevented The Lexington Herald-Leader from contacting jurors unless permitted by court.
Jason and Anthony Jenkins were the first people in the nation charged under an expanded hate crimes law for attacking Kevin Pennington in April 2011. During the trial in October, jurors convicted the cousins on kidnapping and conspiracy charges, but acquitted them on the charge that they assaulted him based on his sexual orientation.