The jury in the trial of (former) Dallas police officer Amber Guyger took just a few hours to find her guilty of murdering her unarmed upstairs neighbor, Botham Jean.
The smell of fuckery was high in this one after the judge allowed the jury to consider the castle doctrine for a shooting in the victim’s home, but the jury seems to have been completely unbefuddled by that move. ETA: as commentor Momentary points out below, there’s some speculation that the instruction was given with an eye to appeal-proofing the verdict. IANAL, and have nothing useful to add to that thought.)
From the first story I found on the result:
Cheers erupted in the courthouse as the verdict was announced, and someone yelled “Thank you, Jesus!” In the hallway outside the courtroom where Guyger was tried, a crowd celebrated in raised voices. When the prosecutors walked into the hall, they broke into cheers.
Guyger faces between 5 and 99 years in prison. Court will resume at 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Not often a cop faces the full weight of his or her actions. Congratulations to the 12 women and men of that jury for seeing this one through.
Image: F. Luis Mora, The National Academy Jury of 1907.
*It’s possible I may not have caught the concept of “jury” perfectly here.