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Fascinating Legal Case! (well worth the read)

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    aka Johnny Valve Stem need4speed's Avatar
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    Fascinating Legal Case! (well worth the read)

    If you like a good murder mystery, this one has an unbelievable
    twist of fate!!! It is allegedly a true story. Apparently there isnít a book yet out on this.

    At the 1994 annual awards dinner given for Forensic Science, OAFS
    President Dr. Don Harper Mills astounded his audience with the Legal
    complications of a bizarre death.

    Here is the story:

    On March 23, 1994 the medical examiner viewed the body of Ronald Opus,
    and concluded that he died from a shotgun wound to the head. Mr. Opus
    had jumped from the top of a ten-story building intending to commit suicide.

    He left a note to the effect indicating his despondency. As he fell past
    the ninth floor, his life was interrupted by a shotgun blast passing through
    a window, which killed him instantly. Neither the shooter nor the deceased

    was aware that a safety net had been installed just below the eighth floor

    level to protect some building workers, and that Ronald Opus would not have

    been able to complete his suicide the way he had planned.

    "Ordinarily," Dr Mills continued, "Someone who sets out to commit suicide and

    ultimately succeeds, even though the mechanism might not be what he
    intended, is still defined as committing suicide." That Mr. Opus was shot on
    the way to certain death, but probably would not have been successful because

    of the safety net, caused the medical examiner to feel that he had a homicide on his hands.

    The room on the ninth floor, where the shotgun blast emanated, was
    occupied by an elderly man and his wife. They were arguing vigorously, and
    he was threatening her with a shotgun. The man was so upset that when he
    pulled the trigger, he completely missed his wife, and the pellets went
    through the window, striking Mr. Opus.

    When one intends to kill subject "A" but kills subject "BE" in the
    attempt, one is guilty of the murder of subject "BE." When confronted with the
    murder charge, the old man and his wife were both adamant, and both said that
    they thought the shotgun was not loaded. The old man said it was a
    long-standing habit to threaten his wife with the unloaded shotgun. He
    had no intention to murder her. Therefore the killing of Mr. Opus appeared to
    be an accident; that is, assuming the gun had been accidentally loaded.

    The continuing investigation turned up a witness who saw the old
    couple's son loading the shotgun about six weeks prior to the fatal accident. It
    transpired that the old lady had cut off her son's financial support and
    the son, knowing the propensity of his father to use the shotgun threateningly,
    loaded the gun with the expectation that his father would shoot his mother.

    Since the loader of the gun was aware of this, he was guilty of the
    murder even though he didn't actually pull the trigger. The case now becomes one
    of murder on the part of the son for the death of Ronald Opus.

    Now comes the exquisite twist...

    Further investigation revealed that the son was, in fact, Ronald Opus.
    He had become increasingly despondent over the failure of his attempt to
    engineer his mother's murder. This led him to jump off the ten-story
    building on March 23rd, only to be killed by a shotgun blast passing
    through the ninth-story window. The son, Ronald Opus, had actually murdered

    So the medical examiner closed the case as a suicide.

    A true story from Associated Press, (Reported by Kurt Westervelt)

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    the phear hohum's Avatar
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    Fascinating Legal Case! (well worth the read)

    Or as lawyers like to say "Intent follows the bullet"

    Very common story in law school... seems to be in every crim law "hypotheticals" section I have ever seen.

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    Fascinating Legal Case! (well worth the read)

    So.....this story is true??? I thought it was some BS hypothetic written by a bored law school professor......

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    Fascinating Legal Case! (well worth the read)

    whether or not it's true, it's still a cool story

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