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  • Trial of transit officer in BART shooting to be moved

    October 16, 2009 | 6:19 pm (LA Times)

    The transit police officer accused of shooting an unarmed rider in Oakland on New Year’s Day cannot get a fair trial in Alameda County and should be tried outside the region, a Superior Court judge ruled today.

    The death of Oscar Grant, who allegedly was shot by Officer Johannes Mehserle on a BART station platform, sparked riots in downtown Oakland, death threats against Mehserle and a “staggering” volume of media coverage, Judge Morris Jacobson wrote in his 28-page ruling.

    Fellow passengers recorded the shooting and its chaotic aftermath on cellphones in footage that was broadcast widely in the region and beyond.

    Mehserle was charged with murder in the case; Jacobson called such a charge against an on-duty police officer acting in the scope of his duties “rare and nearly unique.”

    In addition, Jacobson noted in agreeing to the defense request for a change of venue, “the nature of this crime has an implied racial aspect to it in that the defendant is Caucasian and the victim was African American.”

    Attorneys for Mehserle and Grant’s family could not be reached for comment. A hearing will be held to decide where the trial — which is scheduled to begin Nov. 2 — should take place.

    [Updated at 6:32 p.m.: Mehserle’s attorney, Michael Rains, said the ruling “certainly does give me some additional reason to believe that justice could occur, and I’m happy about that.”

    John L. Burris, who has represented Grant’s family, could not be reached for comment.]

    —Maria L. La Ganga in San Francisco
    Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
    Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

  • #2
    I know it's going to be a while before a verdict comes in... but there is no way there will be a murder conviction on this one. I volunteered for the mutual aid riot squad when Oakland burns. It's going to be my generation's '92 riots.

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    • #3
      No venue has been assigned yet. That will take awhile. I would say that chances are that it will go to a large city in Southern California, possibly Los Angeles or San Diego.

      I think it is likely that there will be a conviction for involuntary manslaughter. I would not ride BART for quite awhile after the verdict.
      Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
      Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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      • #4
        I believe the Alameda DA and the prelim Judge decided to go with Murder or nothing. There were some articles on how stupid that was. I'm not sure if it has changed. San Diego or OC would be the best case scenarios... but anything is better than o-town.

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        • #5
          That he was held to answer on murder charges does not prevent conviction on a lesser included offense.

          How about a trial in Fresno?
          Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
          Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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          • #6
            I don't think they are going to get 12 sane people in this state to go for a murder charge... and the heathens in Oakland are going to burn down a lot of their own 'hoods when they don't get it. Thankfully most of the state isn't as psycho commie as the Bay Area. Even the other liberal areas have more balance.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by nobodyjr View Post
              I don't think they are going to get 12 sane people in this state to go for a murder charge... and the heathens in Oakland are going to burn down a lot of their own 'hoods when they don't get it. Thankfully most of the state isn't as psycho commie as the Bay Area. Even the other liberal areas have more balance.
              Spot on. Its gonna be interesting to see how this evolves in the near future

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