Greeley, Colo. (AP) A jury Wednesday acquitted a woman of a criminal charge filed after she left dog feces in a political mailing at the office of Republican Representative Marilyn Musgrave.
Sixty-four-year-old Kathleen Ensz argued placing the dog poo in the foyer of Musgrave's Greeley office is a form of speech protected by the First Amendment.
The district attorney's office, headed by Republican Ken Buck, didn't think so and filed a charge of using a noxious substance for the May 31st, 2006, incident that ignited charges of political dirty tricks.
Ensz's trial lasted two days, with the first day mostly taken up by whittling down a jury pool of 70 to seven jurors who acquitted her.
Musgrave's chief of staff, Guy Short, says Musgrave's staff did not follow the case closely, but said he hoped Ensz would communicate in a “more dignified manner.''