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The petit jury came up on the docket and found Steve guilty. Steve's public defender told Steve he should take the plea bargain. The federal attorney agreed to let Steve take the plea. The court's original jurisdiction allowed them to hear this case first.
While sitting in his cell, Steve realized that he had seen his neighbor, Harold, in the jury. Harold had been mad at Steve earlier for borrowing his garden hose without asking. He could take the case to the Appeals Court!
In the US Federal Appeals Court the judge uses his appellate jurisdiction to decide if the court followed proper procedures.
The case was brought to the Appeals Court to decide if Steve's neighbor had indeed improperly influenced the jury. The en banc panel of judges decided that he had.
Steve created a writ of certiorari, and his case was sent all the way up to the Supreme Court. The court heard Steve's case, and the opinion of the court was that not only did Steve's case not get tried correctly, but that the law in which he was charged for was frivolous. They got rid of the law and they pardoned him of all charges. There was the Supreme Court Justice who provided the dissenting opinion that a law is a law, and they shouldn't change them.
Now Steve's dog can bark wherever he wants! To celebrate, they went on a trip to all the US National Parks to bark at anything they want.
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