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Court can consider manslaughter charge in special agent trial.


Retrial of Christopher Deedy continues.

Source:  Associated Press (Honolulu).


A judge ruled Friday that jurors can consider convicting a federal agent of a lesser manslaughter charge in his retrial for Hawaii fast-food restaurant shooting, giving the jury another option to convict him after different jurors deadlocked in his first murder trial.  The jury is scheduled to begin deliberations after closing arguments on Tuesday in the retrial of Special Agent Christopher Deedy.  Aloha, Russ.


3 thoughts on “Court can consider manslaughter charge in special agent trial.”

  1. This sounds bad for the justice system not to mention the guy on trial….On the face of it, it appears as if the court is saying “Let’s start with the worst charges and then let the jury decide what they think he’s guilty of”….. Bad idea.

    It also appears they are going to keep filing charges until they convict him of something. The murder thing didn’t work so we’re going to try manslaughter….if that doesn’t work maybe we’l try assault with a handgun….then maybe just assault….or something else like jaywalking.

    If the charges and evidence are focused on one thing – and the DAs office ought to know (or believe) whether they have sufficient evidence to convict him on the charges they file before bringing the charge against him, The DA, or court, should not be able to change their mind in the middle of the game so to speak and tell the jury to find something they think is more “appropriate”. They should have filed the manslaughter charges initially and saved everybody the headache and expense of this soap opera.

    This could set a bad precedent.

    He should either be convicted or cleared of murder charges. If he’s cleared of that charge don’t go back and try him for manslaughter with the same evidence.

    If he thinks he can “plead out” to a lesser charge and avoid some time, the DA can then make a determination on whether or not that would be “right” for the community within the boundaries of the law.

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