Louisiana DA & jury: tennis shoes are dangerous weapons

Reply Fri 29 Jun, 2007 06:00 am
So there had been a school beating case in Louisiana.

Now, one teen is guilty of of aggravated second-degree battery and conspiracy charges.

Not speaking here about that witnesses provided conflicting testimony ...

The aggravated battery charge against Bell involved the use of a dangerous weapon. Although no evidence of a gun, knife or other weapon was introduced, [DA] Walters argued, and the jury agreed, that the tennis shoes Bell was wearing at the time of the attack qualified as a dangerous weapon.

There are certainly some more questions about this case.

For instance, the court here can reduce/change the DA's charges.
We don't have a jury, but the lay judges are informed by the judge about special legal terms, e.g. what is considered legally as a "dangerous weapon". (Though they certainly can come to a diferent view .... and held that.)
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Reply Fri 29 Jun, 2007 09:25 am
What a depressing story.
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Walter Hinteler
Reply Fri 29 Jun, 2007 09:43 am
It is. But I really wonder that it could develop so far and end with a jury ruling.
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