Wednesday, February 10, 2021

People v. Kidane (Cal. Ct. App. - Feb. 10, 2021)

One reads -- as one might suspect -- a fair number of DUI cases in the Court of Appeal.  Particularly when, as here, someone's killed, so the charge is vehicular manslaughter (or worse).

Usually the accidents happen on the highway, on a residential street, or the like.  They usually don't happen in the parking lot of the Superior Court in Santa Monica.


I can't tell from the opinion what the defendant was doing in the parking lot.  Was he there for a hearing?  Was he just parking there?  Who knows.  But what I do know is that he rammed through a control arm parking gate and, according to the car's black box, hit the victim at 53.4 miles per hour.  To reiterate:  He hit that speed in the parking lot.

Yeah.  You're going to get convicted for that.  Especially when you're under the influence of marijuana at the time and, once you're caught, a body cam shows you telling the officer:  "I just want to smoke some weed."

Probably not the best thing to say.

Anyway, in the future, be careful in a courthouse parking lot.  It might seem like a fairly safe place.  But apparently there's no such thing.