It is hard to imagine that there could be any law enforcement officers in the State of California who have not heard about the case of People v. Mehserle by now. This has been a long and painful saga for Mr. Mehserle and his beleaguered trial team.
“As most of you know, the Alameda DA had succumbed to mob pressure to charge this case as a murder to begin with”
“involuntary manslaughter required finding that Mehserle did not intend to kill Grant, yet the gun enhancement required finding that Mehserle intended to us a gun.”
“Judge Perry began issuing his decision sometime around noon on November 5th, he made it clear from the outset that he did not believe (contrary to the Grant family and all of their supporters) that this was a case about race”
“weapons confusion”: “That is the only reasonable interpretation of the evidence,”
“Mehserle had been on the platform only about two and one-half minutes before the shooting occurred.”
“Mehserle announced his intention to use his taser on Grant just seconds before the shooting, an announcement that was overheard by one of Grant’s best friends who testified at trial.”
“Another good friend of Oscar Grant who was only three or four feet from the shooting heard Mehserle exclaim, “Oh shit, oh shit, I shot him.”
“Judge Perry, despite hearing repeated claims from the Grant family that Mehserle had never expressed remorse, stated “I see tons of remorse.”
“I know that there are eight other law enforcement officers in this nation who have made the same mistake Johannes did and who were never criminally charged,”
by Michael Rains
Stephan J. Dougan, Personal Injury Attorney
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