Great moments in legal argument

by Walter Olson on January 27, 2014

Australia: “Lawyer argues Kevin Spratt may have been screaming in ‘joy’ while being tasered by police: A lawyer for two police officers says the court cannot rule out the possibility that a man was screaming with joy when he was being repeatedly tasered at the Perth Watch House more than five years ago.” [ABC] One never knows what will work in these cases: a jury in Orange County, Calif. recently acquitted two officers in the death of homeless schizophrenic Kelly Thomas, though it is not clear whether they accepted the suggestion of a defense lawyer that Thomas beat himself to death in police custody.


1 captnhal 01.27.14 at 11:31 am

If the victim of the taser was expressing “joy and laughter”, why did the police enhance his pleasure 12 more times? The officers should be fired for pleasuring a person they were supposed to subdue because he was acting violently.

2 ras 01.27.14 at 3:09 pm

Just like police unions express joy when pay cuts are proposed.

3 peter 01.29.14 at 12:04 pm

Coming next to disneyworld. Super laser xtreme taser experience. Queues around the block.
He should feel lucky they didnt charge him. (taser….charge…see what i did there?)

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