Tuesday, July 13, 2010

People v. Mesa (Cal. Ct. App. - July 13, 2010)

The opening paragraph of this opinion reads:

"In separate incidents, Tommy Angel Mesa, a gang member, shot and severely wounded two complete strangers. He used the same gun in both incidents, and later was found in possession of the gun and several rounds of ammunition. Mesa was convicted of two counts of assault with a firearm, three counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, one count of being a felon in possession of ammunition, and two counts of actively participating in a criminal street gang."

Which reminded me of a great line from NYPD Blue, in which Andy Sipowicz tells a suspect, from whom they've just retrieved a murder weapon during a search of his apartment:

"Always a right move tossing the piece, Rick. Though, at the time, it may seem wasteful."

Helpful counsel.