A case for the Supreme Court if I ever saw one


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Desertdog
March 18, 2003, 12:06 PM
Where are the pro 2nd Amendment attorneys hiding?

B'klyn DA sticks to
his guns but lowers dad's rap

By NANCIE L. KATZ
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime_file/story/66374p-61830c.html

Brooklyn prosecutors back-pedaled yesterday on weapons charges against a Navy veteran who shot an intruder in his home - but would not drop the case.
Prosecutor Dawn Flowers moved to reduce the charge against Ronald Dixon to attempted possession from illegal possession. A conviction would not require a jury trial and could land Dixon in prison for up to 90 days instead of a year.

"He says he had the gun," Flowers told Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge Alvin Yearwood. "There are no facts in dispute for a jury to find."

Dixon, 27, shot and wounded Ivan Thompson after catching the career burglar prowling in his toddler's room on Dec. 14. Dixon is not charged in the shooting.

Defense attorney Andrew Friedman called the offer from the Brooklyn district attorney's office hypocritical. "I would suggest the people are seeking to avoid a jury case to prevent the citizens of Brooklyn from making a determination whether Dixon is guilty or not," Friedman said.

Yearwood will rule on the motion Tuesday.

Dixon gained widespread sympathy after he was charged with a crime for defending his family.

He said he bought his pistol in Florida, where gun purchases require no paperwork, and tried to register it here. Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes has said he found no proof the Jamaican immigrant attempted to make the gun legal in New York.

The district attorney first offered a plea deal that would have allowed Dixon to spend four weekends in jail. Dixon rejected that offer, saying he has to work every day to pay his mortgage and support his family.

Yesterday, Hynes spokesman Jerry Schmetterer said the DA is backing off slightly because the case calls for "tempering justice with mercy."

Dixon said he was disappointed in the new offer.

"I was hoping it was going to be dismissed," he said.

Originally published on March 12, 2003

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Leatherneck
March 18, 2003, 12:16 PM
A case for the Supreme Court if I ever saw one Nah. Shouldn't even merit Circuit Court.

TC
TFL Survivor

Blackhawk
March 18, 2003, 12:20 PM
Dixon will win at trial, and I hope he hangs tough! :D

BogBabe
March 18, 2003, 05:55 PM
He said he bought his pistol in Florida, where gun purchases require no paperwork

Hmmmm..... where, exactly, do I go in Florida to buy guns with no paperwork? I must be doing something wrong; my gun purchases here in Florida have all required paperwork. Even with my first gun purchase, back in the 80s before Brady, there was paperwork.

Blackhawk
March 18, 2003, 05:59 PM
You probably bought them from a dealer though! :rolleyes:

Tag
March 18, 2003, 06:03 PM
Does anyone know when "TheRightToKeepAndBear.com" sponsored case is going before the SC?

Frohickey
March 18, 2003, 06:04 PM
Prosecutor Dawn Flowers moved to reduce the charge against Ronald Dixon to attempted possession from illegal possession. A conviction would not require a jury trial and could land Dixon in prison for up to 90 days instead of a year.

"He says he had the gun," Flowers told Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge Alvin Yearwood. "There are no facts in dispute for a jury to find."

Amendment VI
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

Dagnabit, its that pesky Bill of Rights again. :D

Brooklyn DA Dawn Flowers ought to drop this case, and let Mr. Ronald Dixon go. Better drop the charges, and allow New Yorkers to give you the benefit of the doubt, than go ahead for trial, and remove all doubt that Ms. Dawn Flowers is an idiot. :p

D_Burchfield
March 18, 2003, 06:09 PM
Echo Blackhawk. It does have a sense of sensationalism, though, and the young prosecutor just can't seem to get a good crackhead conviction.:D

Standing Wolf
March 18, 2003, 06:25 PM
If I were Dixon, I'd demand a jury trial, and trust American common sense to prevail over both that air-brained D.A. and insanely stupid law.

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