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So remember how Johannes Mehserle, a white BART police officer, shot and killed Oscar Grant, an unarmed black man, last year in Oakland?

And remember how a couple months ago, the jury returned a verdict of involuntary manslaughter? And tacked a "gun enhancement change" on top of that? Rather than the second-degree murder or voluntary manslaughter charges the prosecutor was asking for?

Well now Mehserle has been sentenced! To two whole years in prison (minus time served, of course). The shortest possible sentence. Yes. Two fucking years. Why?

Because the judge rejected the gun enhancement charge on the grounds that the jury must not have understood it.

Oh, and also because he's concerned about everyone's tone:

"The judge said he received more than 1,000 letters from the public advocating the maximum sentence of 14 years for Mehserle and that he was concerned by their anger." (from a different Bay Citizen article on the trial)

ETA: Oscar Grant Sr, Oscar Grant's grandfather, said: "Knowing how the judicial system in this country works, I was not surprised. Two years is just a slap in the face." (from sfgate.com's article on protests in Oakland)

No kidding.

ETA2: Scenes from the protests in Oakland tonight by Oakland North. According to the SF Chronicle, 500 police and Homeland Security officers are blocking off the 250 person protest.

Date: 2010-11-05 10:34 pm (UTC)
pocketmouse: pocketmouse default icon: abstract blue (Default)
From: [personal profile] pocketmouse
He's... concerned that people are angry that someone was shot and killed. I --

Date: 2010-11-05 10:39 pm (UTC)
terajk: Ryoga, grabbing Ranma by his pajama-top and shouting: "Do you remember where my house is?!" (toph enraged)
From: [personal profile] terajk
"The judge said he received more than 1,000 letters from the public advocating the maximum sentence of 14 years for Mehserle and that he was concerned by their anger."

What.

What is this I don't even.

Date: 2010-11-05 11:40 pm (UTC)
the_future_modernes: (ide)
From: [personal profile] the_future_modernes
*blink* *blink* *blink*


Date: 2010-11-06 02:53 am (UTC)
trouble: Sketch of Hermoine from Harry Potter with "Bookworms will rule the world (after we finish the background reading)" on it (Default)
From: [personal profile] trouble
I don't know what to say. :(

Date: 2010-11-06 04:11 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sasha_feather
Thanks for posting about this. You'd think a judge would be used to anger, to emotion, to righteousness.
Edited (icon) Date: 2010-11-06 04:12 am (UTC)

Date: 2010-11-06 03:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] xenologer
......*jaw drop* Ho...ly... shit.

Date: 2010-11-07 03:49 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fish_echo
The fucking fuck fuck fuuuuuck, fucker. The fuckery!?

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