Friday, July 16, 2010
Sentencing of Ex-Officer Mersherle Examined
Bad Lawyer covered at some length the tragedy in the inexcusable killing of Oscar Grant by foremer Oakland, California BART Officer Johnannes Mesherle who was convicted by a California jury of involuntary manslaughter. Judge Robert Perry ordered Mesherle into custody immediately, and Judge Perry faces a complicated set of issues in appropriately sentencing the white former police officer in the reckless killing of the unarmed black Mr. Grant. The San Francisco Chronicle has an excellent analysis of the problems facing Judge Perry in arriving at the right disposition.