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  1. #46
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    Quote Originally Posted by RANCH View Post
    As far as I know, Justin Ross Harris is still charged with 16-5-1(c) and not 16-5-1 (d) or 16-5-1(e)(1).

    So unless he's charged under the new (d) or (e) (1) statues I would say that the previous statues apply. JMO.
    Technically, I think that's right. But when they change a law to dramatically decrease the penalty, most countries, and many states, impose the lesser penalty via a saving statute. Georgia does not have a saving statute. The issue has come up there recently in the context of romeo and Juliet laws and the court has found a way not to impose the stiffer penalty that was in effect at the time of the offense. I think there's an EXTREMELY good chance that the same will happen here unless they charge and prove malice. jmo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karmady View Post
    Technically, I think that's right. But when they change a law to dramatically decrease the penalty, most countries, and many states, impose the lesser penalty via a saving statute. Georgia does not have a saving statute. The issue has come up there recently in the context of romeo and Juliet laws and the court has found a way not to impose the stiffer penalty that was in effect at the time of the offense. I think there's an EXTREMELY good chance that the same will happen here unless they charge and prove malice. jmo
    Thanks. That make sense to me. I bet that the Grand Jury can charge JRH with whatever statute of murder that is applicable. We will see.

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    I think pingpong's source was justia if I remember

    if so, note the disclaimer at bottom of paragraph

    http://law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2006/16/16-5-1.html

    I think he was charged under the law prior to it's changed state because the crime was committed in June. I suspect the Grand Jury, if it indicts, will do so under the changes that went into effect on July 1. JMO
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    Quote Originally Posted by tlcya View Post
    because it is more complex than that IMO which is why there is so much debate about these charges.

    The murder guilt hinges on the neglect charges. So when we analyse all this, we have to think about what is the burden of proof on the neglect charge. Does he have to be conscious that he is committing a neglectful act? Does he have to be aware he is doing something neglectful that could result in death?

    That is where the nitty gritty of the debate goes IMO.

    It looks as if there are those who view it like this:

    If he genuinely forgot his child was in the car but the mere act of forgetting constitutes that level of neglect then

    a) that is basically saying forgetting a child in a car is automatically always 2nd degree neglect, which in the state of GA also means you can be charged with felony murder.

    or

    b) if awareness is the burden of proof then the individual must be proven to have had that AWARENESS to be proven guilty

    Then there are others who seem to feel

    If you leave your child in the car, aware or not, forgot or knew, and that child dies, you are straight up guilty of criminal neglect and therefore also guilty of felony murder under the law as written in GA. (no a or b, just one road to travel and all roads lead to guilty - I fall into this school )
    BBM. This is what I have understood those charges to mean all along and why I haven't had a problem with them. The jury wouldn't be asked to decide on the felony murder charge, by finding him guilty on the neglect charge, which I always imagined would involve the prosecution case showing intent, he'd be automatically guilty of the felony murder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruby View Post
    BBM - I tend to agree - seems a bit harsh not to have degrees of murder. I think the reason for the kill should play a factor, and punish accordingly.
    But to simplify and put it in its basic form, if you kill you have then murdered. Case closed. Is pretty straight forward.

    I'm curious how jury selection will go if the death penalty remains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karmady View Post
    the bbm is so, so, so not true. There's all KINDS of killing that isn't murder. Killing in war, the imposition of the death penalty, killing in self defense, etc.
    The part you bolded I added on to include another view point, maybe a more basic way of stating that some people believe killing is wrong, even in times of war, they don't believe in death penalty, and even in self defense, the act of killing is murder and that is wrong. I should of explained myself in more detail, but I was tired and did not want to be long winded (like I usually am). There are people I know who share in this view point, it may not be my exact view, but felt I should include it.

    I believe there maybe a valid reason to take such action, as to kill, and it would not be considered murder. Also if one's involved in an accidental death, that too would not be murder.

    On another note, thank you for the information that you have added - especially in regards to the new law.
    Nothing seems to be simple anymore, everything has to be so complicated, this will be a trial I am probably going to be glued to.

    my opinion etc.,

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    Quote Originally Posted by RANCH View Post
    I kind of figured you didn't want to lower them.

    I think a lot of people do not know that this is a death penalty case as it stands right now. That's why I posted the Georgia statue showing that.

    Some have said that having the death penalty as an option when premeditation is not required is not right.

    I agree.
    Well, no...I wouldn't want them lowered. I don't care about him getting the death penalty. If there are charges that keep him in jail the rest of his life, I am happy.

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    Cobb County Grand Jury Info


    For Grand Jury:*The Grand Jury consists of twenty-three (23) members and two (2) alternates. *Grand Jurors serve for a two month term. *The Grand Jury generally meets one to two days per week. *Persons ineligible for service on a Grand Jury are elected officials in state or local government or those who have held office within two years preceding service as a Grand Juror.

    http://www.cobbcounty.org/index.php?...201&Itemid=973
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karmady View Post
    Here are some links:

    http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20132014/142178.pdf

    http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/...4/14sumdoc.pdf

    From the above link:

    Act 577; HB 271
    This Act creates the offense of murder in the second degree and provides for cross-references to the
    new crime. The Act also changes provisions relating to forms of collateral required for professional
    bonding companies and increases the allowable fees for sureties.
    The Act amends O.C.G.A. Sections 15-1-16, 15-11-203, 15-11-233, 15-11-560, 16-5-1, 16-11-131,
    16-11-133, 16-12-1.1, 17-6-15, 17-6-30, 31-2-9, 31-7-250, 35-3-190, 42-5-85, 42-9-45, and 49-2-14.1.
    Effective July 1, 2014.


    It's on page 11 of this one:

    http://webcache.googleusercontent.co...&ct=clnk&gl=us
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    Quote Originally Posted by tlcya View Post
    I think pingpong's source was justia if I remember

    if so, note the disclaimer at bottom of paragraph

    http://law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2006/16/16-5-1.html

    I think he was charged under the law prior to it's changed state because the crime was committed in June. I suspect the Grand Jury, if it indicts, will do so under the changes that went into effect on July 1. JMO
    I prefer Lexis, free & up to date. I may have copied and pasted from somewhere else but I posted the 2010 language, not 2006.

    And I believe you are correct about the GJ.... If the charge is 2nd degree cruelty. I don't think it will be though. ..

    http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/gacode/
    Last edited by PigPong; 07-14-2014 at 12:08 AM. Reason: added link
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    Also, I found this this evening. It's from 2006 but I think it's still relevant in regards to Felony Murder and DP in GA. I want to read it all but right now I've only searched "felony murder" in the document.

    http://www.americanbar.org/content/d...inalreport.doc
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    Harris pleaded not guilty to charges of felony murder and cruelty to children. A new warrant was issued in Harris’ case, downgrading the cruelty to children charge to the second degree after it was discovered Harris returned to his car during his lunch break and still did not notice Cooper in the backseat.

    http://behindblondiepark.com/2014/06...-both-parents/

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    In some criminal cases, a spouse cannot be compelled to testify against the other. However, in Georgia, if the charges allege wrongdoing involving a minor, a husband or wife can be forced to testify against their spouse.

    In Georgia, the child cruelty charge carries a penalty of five to 20 years behind bars. If Ross Harris is convicted of murder, he could get life, life without parole or the death penalty. If a person commits a felony and that act results in the death of someone — whether it’s intended or not — that person can be charged with felony murder.

    A murder can qualify for the death penalty in Georgia if it was “outrageously or wantonly vile, horrible, or inhuman in that it involved torture, depravity of mind, or an aggravated battery to the victim,” according to criminal attorney Philip Holloway, who has served as a legal commentator about the case on CNN.

    In order to meet that threshold, the evidence will need to demonstrate more than criminal negligence. The current warrant is merely a preliminary charging document. The district attorney can upgrade the charges when the case is presented to the grand jury for indictment, he said.

    http://wtvr.com/2014/07/12/whats-nex...ed-in-hot-car/

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    So, was the bond hearing actually right after the probable cause hearing? I ask because July 15 is supposedly the date of the BOND hearing???? Was no bond set UNTIL the bond hearing announced to be July 15??? very confused. HELP!!

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    Justin Harris entered a not guilty plea in his first court appearance on Thursday night. A bond hearing was set for July 15.

    Video of this Thursday night (6/19 court appearance)

    http://www.11alive.com/video/3632204...Harris-hearing

    on this night, the judge said the bond hearing would be July 15, but wasn't it on July 3?

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    they held the bond hearing directly after the probable cause portion of the hearing. I believe both hearings were consolidated because the defense wanted to be heard on the bond issue ASAP so the two hearings were combined to address both issues.
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