Monday, September 12, 2005

People v. Medina (Cal. Ct. App. - Aug. 25, 2005)

The first three pages of this case -- which recite the facts -- demonstrate one downside of the Three Strikes Laws. Namely, that once the jury says "Guilty", all bets are off, and at that point, there's really very little reason for the defendant to refrain from throwing a chair at the bailiff and beating the prosecutor senseless. And, at a subsquent hearing on those new charges, from flipping off the prosecutor and telling him: "You are a dead man. I promise you that. You are fucking dead. You are going to burn in hell, bitch." All of which Juan Medina does here.

The prosecutor who gets beaten, by the way (plus called a "bitch"), is Erwin Petilos. Who has the joy of watching Medina sentenced to 90+ years. But who nonetheless still feels the need to buy a gun and get a carry permit after the attack.