Thursday, January 15, 2015

People v. Campbell (Cal. Ct. App. - Jan. 15, 2015)

I'm shocked -- shocked -- to find that people who meet each other at a hookah lounge occasionally arrange to buy and sell marijuana.

I'm am (no joke) surprised to read that it results in a murder.  For utterly no apparent reason.  The victim seemed more than willing to give the stuff up once the defendant and his compadres showed up (1) en masse, and (2) armed.  Yet shots ring out, a guy dies, and a first-degree felony murder charge gets filed against the perpetrator(s).

The defendant here gets his conviction reversed for failure to instruct on a lesser included offense.  But remember:  That's just a retrial, not an acquittal.

There's still a long way to go before the defendant here even has the possibility of seeing the world outside of prison in the medium term.