TAILIEUCHUNG - Gale Encyclopedia Of American Law 3Rd Edition Volume 9 P12

Gale Encyclopedia of American Law Volume 9 P12 fully illuminates today's leading cases, major statutes, legal terms and concepts, notable persons involved with the law, important documents and more. Legal issues are fully discussed in easy-to-understand language, including such high-profile topics as the Americans with Disabilities Act, capital punishment, domestic violence, gay and lesbian rights, physician-assisted suicide and thousands more. | 98 SELF-DETERMINATION Self-Defense or Unjustified Shooting On December 22 1984 at approximately 1 00 . Troy Canty Darryl Cabey James Ramseur and Barry Allen boarded an express subway train in the Bronx borough of New York City. The young black men sat in the rear section of their car. A short time later Bernhard Goetz boarded the same car and took a seat near the youths. Goetz a white computer technician had been mugged some two years earlier. Canty and Allen approached Goetz and Canty said Give me five dollars. Goetz responded by standing up and firing at the youths with a handgun. Goetz fired four shots before pausing. He then walked up to Cabey and reportedly said You seem to be all right here s another whereupon he fired his fifth and final bullet into Cabey s spinal cord. Goetz had shot two of the youths in the back. Ramseur and Cabey each had a screwdriver which they said they used to break into coin boxes and video machines. Goetz fled the scene and traveled north to New Hampshire. On December 31 1984 he turned himself in to police in Concord New Hampshire. Goetz was returned to New York where he was indicted on a charge of criminal possession of a weapon. The state fought for a second grand jury and Goetz was eventually indicted a second time on charges of attempted murder assault criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment. At trial Goetz argued that he had acted in selfdefense and a jury convicted him only of illegal gun possession. Ultimately Goetz was sentenced to one year in jail and fined 5 000. Goetz s shooting of Darryl Cabey left Cabey with brain damage and paralyzed from the chest down. Cabey sued Goetz and in April 1996 a Bronx jury found Goetz liable for Cabey s injuries and awarded Cabey 43 million. FURTHER READINGS Fletcher George P. 1988. A Crime of Self-Defense Bernhard Goetz and the Law on Trial. New York Free Press. Roehrenbeck Carol A. 1989. People vs Goetz The Summations and the Charges to the Jury. Buffalo . . .

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