Posts by Andrew Branca  (Page 13)
 

Freddy Gray Case: Local Lawyers Suggest Shift in Prosecution

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Posted by    Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 9:50am 5/23/2015 at 9:50am

This past Thursday Prosecutor Mosby announced that the Grand Jury had formally returned indictments against the six Baltimore officers charged in the death of Freddy Gray.

In our post that afternoon (Freddie Gray Case: Baltimore Grand Jury Issues Indictments, published 5:50PM), we noted that there were some subtle differences between the charges...

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AP continues to craft inaccurate headlines

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Posted by    Friday, May 22, 2015 at 4:20pm 5/22/2015 at 4:20pm

I’ve long assumed that just about anything written by a journalist has only the most tenuous relationship to reality (see Michael Crichton’s “Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect”).

Few news agencies are as skilled at...

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Double Trouble? WA cop shoots two “unarmed” black men

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Posted by    Friday, May 22, 2015 at 7:00am 5/22/2015 at 7:00am

It doesn’t look like I’m going to run out of “white cop shoots unarmed black man” stories to write about any time soon—except this time it was two black men.

As always, please note the caveat that this shooting event is still developing, and all the “facts” in my possession are sourced from “journalists” and...

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Freddie Gray Case: Baltimore Grand Jury Issues Indictments

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Posted by    Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 5:50pm 5/21/2015 at 5:50pm

UPDATE: We have additional information on the specific charges specified in the Grand Jury indictments, and how they differ from the charges announced by Prosecutor Mosby on May 1.

Here’s video of Mosby’s press statement on the charges, at which she took  no questions:

Clarification on changes to “false imprisonment” charges: Below we...

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Freddie Gray Case: Prosecutor Doubles Down On Wrong Law

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Posted by    Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 8:30am 5/21/2015 at 8:30am

This past Monday the office of Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby filed a motion in opposition to an earlier defense motion (oofah, lawyers) requesting that charges against six Baltimore police officers be dismissed, or alternatively, that Mosby recuse herself from the case.

We covered the defense motion for dismissal/recusal in detail in a previous post, here:  Freddie...

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No Charges In VonDerrit Myers Shooting by St. Louis Police

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Posted by    Monday, May 18, 2015 at 9:30pm 5/18/2015 at 9:30pm

Anybody remember VonDerrit Myers? That’s him, on the right side of the picture above.

Heck, I couldn’t quite place the name, and I actually posted about his untimely demise at the hands of law enforcement way back in October 2014, shortly after the Mike Brown kerfuffle in the same St. Louis...

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Big 2A Win – Court strikes DC requirement of “good reason” for concealed carry permit

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Posted by    Monday, May 18, 2015 at 8:35pm 5/18/2015 at 8:35pm

As some of you may be aware, Attorney Alan Gura has been waging a legal battle against the District of Columbia (as well as other jurisdictions) based upon their unconstitutional infringement of the Second Amendment generally, and DC residents concealed carry rights in particular.

Having already won a court decision compell...

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Zimmerman Shooter Out on Bond, Turns in Guns

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Posted by    Monday, May 18, 2015 at 11:00am 5/18/2015 at 11:00am

UPDATE (5/18/15, 19:43EST): This post has been updated with additional information about Apperson’s mental health (or lack thereof) as reported today by WKMG Orlando television.

This WKMG report is based upon their obta...

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Zimmerman Shooter Arrested, Possible Life Sentence

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Posted by    Friday, May 15, 2015 at 8:10pm 5/15/2015 at 8:10pm

UPDATE:  This post has been updated with a statement from Attorney Mark NeJame, Matthew Apperson’s lawyer.

It’s a good thing I’m not the kind of guy to say “I told you so.” 🙂

Matthew Apperson, the man who claims he fired a .357 Magnum bullet at George Zimmerman’s head in purported self-defense, has...

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George Zimmerman Shooter’s Checkered Past

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Posted by    Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 11:15am 5/14/2015 at 11:15am

The Daily Mail has dug up some pure gold on Matthew Apperson, the man who two days ago apparently tried to shoot George Zimmerman through the head with a .357 Magnum revolver. (Apperson appears with his wife, Liza, in the photo above.)

(As an aside, thank you, again, UK news media, for...

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Freddie Gray case: Grand jury indictments expected soon

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 11:30am 5/13/2015 at 11:30am

The Baltimore Sun is reporting that defense counsel for the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray anticipate that they will receive formal grand jury indictments within...

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Zimmerman Shooting: 911 Recording, Police Docs

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 8:30am 5/13/2015 at 8:30am

OK folks, just a hit-and-run post here on the Zimmerman/Apperson kerfuffle.

Commenter “Merrymary” from our previous post on this subject (George Zimmerman Attempted Shooting – New Facts Released) was kind enough to send me the audio of the third-party 911 call made after Matthew Apperson fired a shot at George Zimmerman; she...

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George Zimmerman Attempted Shooting – New Facts Released

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Posted by    Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 8:20pm 5/12/2015 at 8:20pm

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that the Lake Mary Police Department has released additional information on the events surrounding Matthew Apperson’s firing of a bullet at George Zimmerman’s face yesterday.  Here’s video of the LMPD press spokeswoman briefing the media:

Additional facts now being reported by the Orlando Sentinel include:

Police recovered two handguns...

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Madison, WI: No Charges in Police Shooting of Tony Robinson

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Posted by    Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 5:28pm 5/12/2015 at 5:28pm

We first wrote about the shooting of Tony Robinson (black) by Police Officer Matt Kenny (white) way back in March of this year.

Back then our angle on the story was to shine the light of reality on the increasingly popular meme of “white cop shoots unarmed young black man for no damn good reason”...

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Zimmerman Shooter Claims Self-Defense

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Posted by    Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 8:30am 5/12/2015 at 8:30am

So this should be interesting:

Matthew Apperson, the man who yesterday fired a bullet at George Zimmerman’s head and missed, is now claiming through his lawyer, Mark NeJame, that he did so in self-defense in response to Zimmerman brandishing a gun at him.

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Freddie Gray Case: Meet Prosecutor Mosby’s Lead Investigator

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Posted by    Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 7:30pm 5/10/2015 at 7:30pm

One of the interesting facets of the charges brought in the Freddie Gray case is that even at the earliest stages it appears that Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby was running an independent investigation in parallel with that of the Baltimore Police Department.

Naturally, any investigation has a lead, and so it seems worthwhile...

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Freddie Gray Case: Detailed Analysis of Motion to Recuse Prosecutor

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Posted by    Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 12:00pm 5/9/2015 at 12:00pm

One week ago yesterday Maryland State Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby brought a plethora of charges–including second-degree depraved-heart murder, manslaughter, and assault–against six Baltimore police officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray.

Yesterday, one week to the day after the charges were brought, the defense lawyers collectively filed a motion to dismiss these...

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