Before the judge gave a direct verdict, essentially dismissing the case, he said the prosecution had evidence for a first degree murder charge but they couldn't prove the recklessness associated with the manslaughter charge. Defense Attorney's always ask to dismiss a case. It is part of the courtroom dance. But judges rarely ever grant this.
But this judge did. He basically kick the case out.
Have you ever heard such garbage? How can there NOT be enough recklessness when somebody shoots into a crowd of people with an unregistered weapon, when he's not on duty, after seeing a cell phone -- whether the charge is manslaughter or murder.
THIS STARTED OFF AS A NOISE COMPLAINT
DANTE SERVIN HAD AN UNREGISTERED WEAPON
DANTE SERVIN WAS OFF DUTY
DANTE SERVIN SAID HE THOUGHT A CELLPHONE WAS A GUN BEFORE HE SHOT REKIA IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD.
Keep in mind that Dante Servin did not walk up to Rekia Boyd with the intent to kill her. Maybe I've seen too many "Law and Order" episodes, but isn't some kind of intent required for a first degree murder charge? So if the prosecution had gone for the murder charge without enough intent, would Judge Dennis Porter have thrown out the murder charge too?
The Huffington Post reports that Officer Dante Servin was the first police officer in Chicago to face a trial in 17 years. With judges like Dennis Porter it'll probably be 34 years before one actually faces a jury of peers.
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