A Colorado Court of Appeals last week ruled that it was unconstitutional for a district court judge to remove a juror for just cause, despite a criminal defendant’s objection, and allow the remaining 11 members to continue with deliberations.

Bobby L. Taylor, who appealed the jury’s guilty verdict finding him guilty of possession of a controlled substance, claimed the trial court erred when it dismissed a juror for his refusal to vote guilty because of his conflicting preexisting views about the state’s drug laws.