Originally posted by Trublbrwing
reply to post by Xcathdra
The crime one commits and the crime one is charged with or pleads to are often two different things. Many times there are plea bargains and convictions on lesser charges, this is exactly what happened here.
The manslaughter charge was for the benefit of the state and it's agent, convicting him of murder would set a dangerous precedent and open a floodgate of litigation. An acquittal would have resulted in the kind of riots that followed the Rodney King verdict, this was political and not based on the rule of law.
If you are caught speeding by the state police the local court allows you to plead to a lesser charge, I have tried to plead guilty to avoid court and been talked out of it by the court clerk on many occasions. Her argument is it will cost me more money and my insurance rates will go up, in truth pleading guilty results in my fine being paid to the state. If I plead down, which is almost always the case, the money goes to the local county or township.
In this case I am encouraged by the courts to plead to something I am not guilty of to avoid conviction for a crime I am actually guilty of. None of this is done for my benefit.
[color=5EFB6E]Key word = 'request'
Originally posted by Xcathdra
reply to post by BrokenCircles
Pay attention because what he was trying to tell you is any suspect class in corrections can [color=5EFB6E]request to be removed from general population if the person can be targeted for a specific reason.
IE former police officer, information, jail houise snitch, homosexual, gang member, witness, et cetc etc etc.
Its not something that just this former officer received. Trying to ignore the fact its open to anyone does not mean the officer is received special treatment. As a matter of fact he is not, he is being allowed to use the same system that is present for all other inmates.
Originally posted by PsykoOps
Btw that photo of the cop holding his tazer has been released. PINAC has it and some interesting tidbits. Like how the photo was saved from the "evidence collecting" by Oscar sending it to his girlfriend saying that he was being abused by this guy.
The above photo, which appears to show Mehserle holding a Taser gun in his right hand, was used as evidence against him during his trial.
It was used by prosecution to show two things: 1. that he [Mehserle] knew his Taser from his gun, that he had actually taken out his Taser twice, that he knew full well between the two weapons. 2. That Oscar was being abused and was concerned about it.
Originally posted by jude11
Originally posted by boondock-saint
2 things I foresee happening
1) More riots
2) An ex-cop leaving town
3) Vigilante justice is a very real possibility here.