People v. Chapman

In People v. Chapman, 174 Colo. 545, 484 P.2d 1234 (1971), a theft prosecution, the trial court had denied defendant's post-trial motion for judgment of acquittal, modified the jury's verdict, and entered judgment on a lesser-included offense. This ruling was based on its finding that the value of the stolen property was less than the jury had determined it to be. Explaining that the trial court lacked authority to modify a jury's verdict in this manner, the supreme court reversed and remanded the cause with directions to reinstate the verdict and to rule properly on defendant's motion for judgment of acquittal.