Friday, October 19, 2012

That 20 year warning shot again

The maker of The House I Live In (2012 film) was on the Jon Stewart (Comedy Channel) show complaining about criminal prosecutions. One of his complaints was a Florida black woman who got 20 years for firing a "warning shot". I criticized this case here. The jury convicted her of attempted murder. It was not a warning shot, but an attempted kill shot that missed. Or that is what the prosecutor convinced the jury of.

I would normally be sympathetic to a documentary about over-prosecution of crimes. Especially domestic or victimless crimes. But this was 20 years for attempted murder, not for a warning shot. The movie maker is misleading.

Stewart had Pres. Barack Obama on his show last night, and he was misleading also, but that's another story.

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