Man attacked a 13 year old boy and cracked the child’s skull because the child did not remove his hat during the national anthem. The man’s criminal defense lawyer said the man’s defense is that the man thought that the president wanted him to do it. A witness said the man told him “[the boy] was disrespecting the national anthem, so he had every right to do that.” This appears to be a potential insanity defense because the defendant, who had suffered a service related brain injury, claims that he thought his commander in chief ordered him to do it. Even if insanity is not a workable defense, the man still has a mental health defense that can mitigate, or reduce, any possible punishment. Montana, like Georgia has a mental health court. The man’s lawyer will likely look into that option along with an insanity defense.
State v. Monquez Jackson is a horrible prosecutorial misconduct case (for the DA). I have to simplify the facts but it boils down to this: This elected Dougherty County, Georgia District Attorney (not an Assistant DA), knowing he had a weak case, forced a mistrial by making an improper and misleading closing argument to the jury in a murder case. When the DA tried to retry the defendant for the murder, the trial judge said no he can’t because he, the elected DA, intentionally ruined the first trial. The defendant is therefore acquitted and goes free. The Georgia Supreme Court affirmed the trial court’s order barring retrial on double jeopardy grounds. Albany GA news article here.
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