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Mehserle jury deliberations postponed

July 6, 2010

According to Johnson, the core question is, did jurors believe Mehserle when he was on the stand saying that he meant to pull his Taser? But the judge’s instructions on implied malice could impact the verdict.

An implied malice is when someone acts with a conscious disregard for human life.

“I think of putting Mehserle on the stand paid off. Some of his testimony would have justified a second-degree murder conviction on a theory that we call ‘implied malice,’ but the judge’s instructions, for all intends and purposes took implied malice out of the equation,” Johnson said.

Johnson also said that the longer the jury goes, the better that is for the prosecution and the better that is for a conviction.


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