Wednesday Writs for 2/13


Em Carpenter

Em was one of those argumentative children who was sarcastically encouraged to become a lawyer, so she did. She is a proud life-long West Virginian, and, paradoxically, a liberal. In addition to writing about society, politics and culture, she enjoys cooking, podcasts, reading, and pretending to be a runner. She will correct your grammar. You can find her on Twitter.

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  1. [L2] I’ll stick with Radley Balko’s guideline that any law named after a dead child is almost guaranteed to be a bad one.Report

  2. Avatar PD Shaw says:

    {L6} Cop found guilty of 2nd degree murder, and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm for every bullet he shot at the man with knife. He was acquitted of 1st Degree murder and official misconduct.

    The second degree murder charge has a minimum of 4 years and maximum of 20 years. Aggravated battery with a firearm goes from 6 to 30 years. Good time credit differs; for 2nd degree murder, he is eligible for his sentence to be cut in half, but for aggravated battery w/ a firearm, it can only be cut by 15%.

    The judge sentenced him to 81 months for 2nd degree murder, treating the various battery charges as lesser included offenses, and he should be eligible for release in around 40 months. The prosecutors are arguing that the battery charges are the most serious offense and that under state statute, they must be served consecutively. The effect of this argument would essentially be a life sentence for the cop, and handing a strong weapon to prosecutors to coerce plea deals in future cases against whomever shoots a gun multiple times without justification.Report

  3. Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

    L10 – Man, couldn’t even do a pratfall. Who knew con-men were so lazy…?Report