Posts by Andrew Branca  (Page 20)
 

“Road Rage” Murder Trial: Witness Provides Confusing, Mistaken Testimony

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Posted by    Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 11:30am 3/15/2014 at 11:30am

Our next piece of evidence from the Joseph Walker trial is the transcribed interview of another witness who drove by the shooting scene. As per SOP his name has been redacted. Because this transcript was attached as Exhibit H to the defense’s recent motion to dismiss the charges against Walker, I...

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“Road Rage” Murder Trial: Walker Appeared to Goad Harvey: “Come on.”

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Posted by    Friday, March 14, 2014 at 5:49pm 3/14/2014 at 5:49pm

Our next piece of evidence from the Joseph Walker trial is the transcribed interview of a pair of witnesses, a married couple traveling together, who drove by the shooting scene. Their names have been redacted from this transcript, so because this transcript was attached as Exhibit G to the defense’s recent...

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Michael Dunn retrial set for May 5, sentencing delayed

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Posted by    Friday, March 14, 2014 at 12:40pm 3/14/2014 at 12:40pm

At Michael Dunn’s recent “loud music” murder trial the jury found him guilty of three counts of attempted murder and one count of hurling missiles at an occupied vehicle–convictions sufficient for up to 75 years in prison. (Hat-tip to ‏@TCinOP for pointing out the News4Jax piece on this story.)

The jury hung,...

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“Road Rage” Murder Trial: Off-duty Cop’s Roadside Statement

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Posted by    Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 7:45pm 3/13/2014 at 7:45pm

Today we have two additional pieces of evidence from the Maryland “road rage” murder trial of off-duty NJ police officer Joseph Walker in the shooting death of Joseph Harvey, Jr.

The first is a supplement report produced by the Maryland State Police in which State Trooper Robert Henry recounts what Walker told...

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(Not George) Zimmerman vs. Roseanne Barr

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 5:50pm 3/12/2014 at 5:50pm

Robert Zimmerman Sr. and Gladys Zimmerman have filed suit against comedienne Roseanne Barr, nearly two years after Barr published their home address on Twitter in the aftermath of their son George Zimmerman Jr.’s killing of Trayvon Martin in self-defense.  

(Zimmerman successfully argued at trial that he shot Martin in necessary self-defense,...

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Michael Dunn’s Sentencing May Be Delayed Until After Retrial on Murder Charge

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 9:15pm 3/11/2014 at 9:15pm

Micheal Dunn’s attorney, Corey Strolla, has asked that his client’s sentencing hearing be delayed until — and, at this point, still a likely but speculative if — Dunn is retried on the murder charges on which the jury hung during his first trial last month.  (This report is sourced at the ...

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Off-duty cop “Road Rage” 911 call: “I had to fire my weapon.”

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 10:25am 3/11/2014 at 10:25am

Today’s post on the Joseph Walker “road rage” murder trial in Maryland covers the 911 call made by Walker and his wife, apparently simultaneous with Adam Pidel’s 911 call previously covered here:  Off-duty cop “Road Rage” 911...

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Off-duty cop “Road Rage” 911 call: “They were going to fight on side of road”

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Posted by    Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 6:20pm 3/9/2014 at 6:20pm

Today’s post on the Joseph Walker “road rage” murder trial in Maryland will be relatively brief, as it focuses on the 911 call made by Adam Pidel in the immediate aftermath of the Walker’s shooting of Joseph Dean Harvey, Jr.

(The transcript of this 911 call was attached as Exhibit C to...

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Witness says off-duty “Road Rage” cop not aggressor in Maryland shooting

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Posted by    Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 7:12pm 3/8/2014 at 7:12pm

The upcoming trial of Joseph Walker involves an off-duty New Jersey police officer traveling through Maryland with his wife and small children in a Kia minivan, and Joseph Dean Harvey, Jr., traveling the same roads with his friend, Adam Pidel in a Honda Accord. A road rage incident ensues, a confrontation...

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Marissa Alexander May See Sentence Triple to 60 Years

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 7:35pm 3/4/2014 at 7:35pm

An interesting quirk of Florida sentencing procedures has reared its head in the Marissa Alexander case, and will almost certainly impact the sentencing of Michael Dunn on March 24, as well.  The issue:  can the multiple convictions under Florida’s infamous “10-20-Life” statute be sentenced concurrently–served in parallel with each other–or sentenced...

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Off-Duty Cop “Road Rage” Case: Cracks Appear in Prosecution Narrative

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Posted by    Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:30am 2/27/2014 at 7:30am

First, full disclosure: I was contacted personally by one of the lawyers for Joseph Walker, the New Jersey law enforcement officer charged with first degree murder by Maryland in the “road rage” shooting death of Joseph Dean Harvey, Jr.

Walker’s defense attorney Charles Curlett told me that he’d seen...

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Off-duty “Road Rage” Cop lawyer: Grand Jury given “materially false and misleading testimony”

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Posted by    Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 1:30pm 2/26/2014 at 1:30pm

The lawyer representing New Jersey Detective Joseph Walker, awaiting trial for first degree murder in the Maryland shooting death of Joseph Dean Harvey Jr., has filed a motion to have the charges dismissed on the grounds that “the assistant state’s attorney and the Maryland state trooper, who led the investigation, presented materially...

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Video: Kansas City policeman shoots attacker on top and punching

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Posted by    Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 7:20pm 2/25/2014 at 7:20pm

For a dramatic example of how quickly a fight can go bad even for a trained, experienced, and armed police officer against an unarmed aggressor — an example with eerie parallels to George Zimmerman’s defensive shooting of Trayvon Martin — see this bit of cellphone video.

It captures a Kansas City Police...

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Off-Duty Cop Road Rage Murder Trial – next big self-defense case

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Posted by    Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:20pm 2/23/2014 at 5:20pm

Race has been a major element in many of the more prominent self-defense cases we’ve covered in recent months.

Both the George Zimmerman and Michael Dunn cases involved a white man shooting and killing a black teen, with both arguing the shootings were justified self-defense (Zimmerman successfully, Dunn temporarily so).

The Marissa Alexander...

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Breaking – E.J. Dionne unable to grasp Stand Your Ground laws

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Posted by    Friday, February 21, 2014 at 3:30pm 2/21/2014 at 3:30pm
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E.J. Dionne, Jr., in his Washington Post piece entitled “Repeal stand-your-ground laws,” presents us with yet another example of the utter inability of too many journalists to grasp the relatively simple and straightforward legal concept commonly referred to as “Stand-Your-Ground.”

Humorously, the first paragraph of his piece had me utterly convinced that Dionne...

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Black Juror in Dunn Case: Trial about Justice, not Race

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Posted by    Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 9:15pm 2/20/2014 at 9:15pm

Tonight the Anderson Cooper show on CNN broadcast the interview of a second Dunn trial juror, Juror #8.  Identified elsewhere as Creshuna Miles, she was one of two African Americans on the jury, a woman, and the youngest juror at 21 years of age.  The interview was conducted by CNN’s Alina Machado.

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Consciousness of Guilt — the flaw in Michael Dunn’s self-defense narrative

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Posted by    Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:00am 2/20/2014 at 7:00am

Monday afternoon I was a guest on KOGO (AM600) radio in San Diego at the kind invitation of Victoria Taft, to talk about the Michael Dunn “loud music” murder trial.

This broadcast took place prior to last night’s Nightline interview of Juror #4 (identified only as “Valerie”).

In the interview, she explained that...

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