Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Brown v. Horell (9th Cir. - July 12, 2011)

See if you think this is going to end well:

"Victor Jones and his wife Cheryl, checked into room 207 at the Gold Rush Inn . . . . Prior to meeting Brown, Victor purchased and consumed a quantity of cocaine on G Parkway before returning to the Inn around 12:00 a.m. on April 9. Victor met Brown in the parking lot at about midnight on April 9 and bought cocaine from him. Later, in the early morning hours of April 10, Brown sold Victor more cocaine. Over the next several hours, Victor purchased approximately $100 worth of cocaine from Brown on credit. In exchange for the extension of credit, Victor allowed Brown to borrow his Kia van, which was on loan from the dealership. Brown left in the van with Dante and returned around 2:00 or 2:30 a.m. Victor purchased more cocaine on credit and Brown kept the car keys. When Victor went to Brown’s room between 4:00 and 5:00 a.m. to ask for more cocaine, Brown told him he had no more.

Around 8:00 a.m. on April 10, Brown and Jaynelle accompanied Victor to pick up and cash his paycheck. . . . . Victor paid Brown what he owed for the cocaine, and Brown asked if he could borrow the van to take Jaynelle to her prenatal appointment.  Victor agreed when Brown promised to sell him more cocaine. Brown took the van, and Victor and his wife stayed at the Inn to smoke the cocaine.  Brown checked in with Victor from time to time, sold him more cocaine, and left again with Dante in the van. . . . When Brown returned to the Inn with Dante about 20 minutes later, Victor bought more cocaine."

Look, when your dealer says he doesn't have any more cocaine because you've bought it all, it's probably time to stop.

Plus, the following words do not mix well together:  Kia.  Prenatal appointment.  Cocaine.

P.S. - No, it does not end well.  Victor gets shot four times.  His wife, Cheryl, gets shot and killed.