Articles Posted in Weapons Misconduct

In a recent weapons case coming out of an Arizona court, the defendant argued on appeal that the pretrial identification used in his case was both suggestive and unreliable. According to the defendant, the identification should have been conducted in a more objective manner, and his convictions for misconduct involving weapons should be overturned on these grounds. The court of appeals disagreed with the defendant and ultimately affirmed the original convictions.

Facts of the Case

According to the opinion, the defendant was walking with a woman one evening when he allegedly began firing shots into traffic on the road. A driver, who happened to be close to the scene at the time, observed the defendant firing into traffic. He immediately pulled over at a convenience store and called 911, giving the operator a general description of the defendant and of what he had seen.

In a recent gun case coming out of an Arizona court, the defendant’s appeal of the court’s decision in his case was denied. The defendant was originally charged with aggravated assault and disorderly conduct, and he was found guilty of disorderly conduct after a jury considered the facts of his case. On appeal, the defendant argued that the trial court should have granted him a mistrial because of one officer’s unfair and inaccurate testimony. The higher court disagreed with the defendant, affirming his original conviction.

Facts of the Case

According to the opinion, police officers arrived at the defendant’s apartment one evening in 2019 after receiving six emergency phone calls about an individual with a weapon. When the officers got out of their vehicles, they saw the defendant, who matched the descriptions that the 911 callers had provided. The defendant was walking in circles with two guns hanging from his waistband. One witness at the scene told the officers that the defendant had pointed the gun in his direction. Another witness insisted that he had not seen the defendant point the gun at anyone.

Regardless of whether the defendant had pointed the gun at any individuals, the officers recognized he posed a direct threat to the people around him. After finding four additional magazines on the defendant’s person, the officers arrested him and charged him accordingly.

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