Tuesday, February 05, 2013

People v. Delgado (Cal. Ct. App. - Feb. 5, 2013)

Sometimes statutes require courts to decide "medical" issues.  Like this one.  What's a "coma"?

The Court of Appeal answers the question.  It's a Glasgow Coma Scale of 8 or less.  Here, the victim had a score of 9.  So it's not a coma, so there's not an extra five years.

I'll nonetheless say that it was still a terrible beating.  Just terrible.  So even though Delgado gets five years off his sentence, he still has to do 23+ years in prison.

Though take a look at what his co-defendant, Romero, did.  Even worse.  I don't know what Romero's sentence was.  But 75 years would seem about right to me.