Sometimes “seeing the sausage get made” is just no fun at all.
This past week the Florida Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that hinges on whether sentences under 10-20-Life must be served consecutively, or whether sentencing judges have the discretion to order these served concurrently.
With a backdrop of often ambiguous precedent decisions by both lower appellate courts and the state Supreme Court itself, as well as a sense that in some cases these mandatory sentences are resulting in disproportionate punishment, at the end of the day the entire argument appears to hinge on a single word: “other.”
State v. Williams: The Facts of the Case & Trial Outcome
In 2010 Ronald Williams, then 26, became angry when four gay men outside a house across the street began making sexual remarks towards him. Williams’ response was to point a .357 Magnum pistol at them, then fire five shots into the air. None of the four men were injured by the shots. The police were called, Williams fled but was caught and arrested. He was charged with four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, as well as resisting arrest with violence. The jury found him guilty on all four charges.
To read the whole thing, head over to the full-length post at Legal Insurrection:
FYI, for those of you near Charlotte, NC, don’t forget I have “Law of Self Defense Seminar” taking place there this coming Saturday, June 21. The following weekend I’m back at the Sig Sauer Academy, where I’m a Guest Instructor, holding a “Law of Self Defense Seminar” on Sunday, June 29.
Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog and Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle). He holds many state-specific Law of Self Defense Seminars around the country, and produces a series of Law of Self Defense Videocasts and Podcasts available on iTunes, Stitcher, and RSS).