Thoughts on recent Ninth Circuit and California appellate cases from Professor Shaun Martin at the University of San Diego School of Law.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
People v. Butler (Cal. Ct. App. - Aug. 24, 2010)
Stephon Butler was convicted of involuntary manslaughter -- a conviction affirmed by the Court of Appeal -- when he participated in a group that took one of their friends and "hit [him] repeatedly, tied [him] up, and silenced [him] with a sock placed in his mouth."
Too bad Butler didn't have Tom Cruise as his lawyer. Who obtained an acquittal in an analogous context. Albeit fictional.
The truth. Regardless of whether you can't handle it.