Thursday, May 26, 2016

People v. Dokins (Cal. Ct. App. - Oct. 30, 2015)

A fifteen-year old gang member shoots and kills a fourteen-month old baby in a "drive-by" shooting in which the defendant was riding a bike.

The baby is dead.  The fifteen year old is essentially sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison, albeit with a (slim) possibility of parole.

There's not even massive evidence that the fifteen-year old did it.  He probably did.  But in a perfect world, you'd want a lot more than the (notoriously unreliable) eyewitness evidence that was the basic reason for defendant's conviction.

No winners here.  None.