One of the most interesting things I’ve read in some time…
A criminal defense attorney in Chicago represented a client who was involved in a situation we’ve seen far too often in this destructive war: SWAT-style serving of a search warrant with no investigation or knowledge of who or what is in the house. In this case, a resident managed to get off four shots aimed low through his bedroom door at what he thought were violent criminal intruders, and he (as well as six children in the house) managed to avoid being killed by the 37 shots fired by police. Naturally, he was charged with attempted first degree murder and aggravated battery.
Here is the closing argument. Simple, powerful, effective.
Update: Reading this well-reasoned and detailed defense, I had no idea what else was floating around out there regarding this case.
Check out this ugly piece by Chuck Goudie at the Daily Herald: Chicago cops wounded, accused shooter walks
If Mr. Green, now 23, resumes the same line of work that he was in before his arrest, he may well have police visitors in his home sometime in the future.
Then, if Green starts shooting at police, the 12 people he’ll need won’t be jurors.
They’ll be pallbearers.
Apparently, Goudie, who wasn’t there and apparently didn’t bother to read the transcripts, merely looked at the the fact that police were shot and came to the conclusion that the person who did it should fry, regardless of the circumstances.
And he’s got plenty of support at a place like Second City Cop where the commenters are more anxious to volunteer to be the future pallbearers of the person who was defending his home (or to say that “this mutt will be dead within a few years”) than to ask questions regarding what actually happened.