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(Above the Law)   Law student charged after trying to use her car to run over kids who took her cell phone. You'd think they'd have covered this in school   (abovethelaw.com) divider line 30
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-10-08 06:03:56 PM  
Police said someone in the group punched her at least twice in the face and either that person or another person in the group grabbed her cellphone away.

She got into her car which the group began rocking and tagging, police said before she was able to drive off.


Robbery and assault with reasonable fear of severe bodily injury. Two situations where you get to kill your attackers. The problem is, except in Texas you have to do it on the spot, not after you have gotten away.
 
2013-10-08 06:21:48 PM  
Laura Law Student is ejected from a bar late one night. As she passes a nearby public library, Laura witnesses a group of people that she suspects of painting graffiti on the library.

She could have avoided this is she just...passed the bar.

Yee...  whatever
 
2013-10-08 06:30:48 PM  
I really don't see why this is an issue...should she not have done that? Seems like a perfectly reasonable thing to do.
 
2013-10-08 06:36:47 PM  
The good news is that you will now have a list of addresses of the thieves, thanks to court documents.


/burn them all
 
2013-10-08 06:45:35 PM  

Johnsnownw: I really don't see why this is an issue...should she not have done that? Seems like a perfectly reasonable thing to do.



Agreed. She obviously did nothing wrong.
 
2013-10-08 06:45:57 PM  
Waiting for those that defended the cops gunning down an unarmed black woman in D.C to defend this lawyer's actions.

/// they won't be here, they're attached to the a**es of cops
 
2013-10-08 06:46:38 PM  
Charged, subby, not convicted.  She'll get off.
 
2013-10-08 06:49:13 PM  

OnlyM3: Waiting for those that defended the cops gunning down an unarmed black woman in D.C to defend this lawyer's actions.


She was not unarmed.
 
2013-10-08 06:53:08 PM  
Police said she made a U-turn on 14th Street before driving down the wrong side of the street at the group. [Bystander James] Roda was in the middle of the street when he was struck and knocked about 100 feet. His head cracked the windshield, authorities said. Zato drove away but was followed by witnesses who boxed her car in until police arrived and arrested her.

She didn't the vandals, she hit a bystander, you farking imbeciles. Maybe learn to read before popping off at how awesome vigilantism is (for other people, while behind the safety of your keyboards).
 
2013-10-08 06:53:09 PM  
'The allegation that Zato was trying to run down the vandals in her Mercedes'

See. there's the problem, the vehicle/weapon of choice is a Range Rover.
 
2013-10-08 06:54:16 PM  
Just suspend her with pay pending an investigation. It's the only punishment cops get when they shoot a bystander.
 
2013-10-08 06:57:07 PM  
If it had been one of the attackers (especially in a her-word-against-theirs scenario) she could have gotten away with it. She'll still have a version of the same story to tell, but hitting the wrong guy in front of witnesses really kinda farks it up for her.
 
2013-10-08 06:58:16 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: Laura Law Student is ejected from a bar late one night. As she passes a nearby public library, Laura witnesses a group of people that she suspects of painting graffiti on the library.

She could have avoided this is she just...passed the bar.

Yee...  whatever


Would have made a better headline
 
2013-10-08 07:23:24 PM  
Fellow ambulance-chasing dirtbag lawyers lacing up their Nikes.
 
2013-10-08 07:30:32 PM  
BSABSVR:She didn't the vandals, she hit a bystander, you farking imbeciles. Maybe learn to read before popping off at how awesome vigilantism is (for other people, while behind the safety of your keyboards).

Roda was jaywalking and no doubt a member of the thieves guild.  He was there to aid their getaway by jumping out in front of her car.  Luckily, her keen instincts for justice saw through the ruse and she plowed through him, shattering his delusion of invulnerability.  It looks bad to you because you are a fat tick of corruption.
 
2013-10-08 07:57:48 PM  
https://plus.google.com/112872619241731132017/posts

Kinda cute in a "I am going to kill your rabbit kind of way"
 
2013-10-08 08:19:01 PM  
Yogimus

>>> OnlyM3: Waiting for those that defended the cops gunning down an unarmed black woman
>>> in D.C to defend this lawyer's actions.

She was not unarmed.

Not-sure-if-serious.jpg
 
2013-10-08 08:27:39 PM  
sounds like little would have been lost if she had succeeded in killing them...
 
2013-10-08 08:30:07 PM  
A Hastings Law student, Meghan Anne Zato, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and an enhancement of causing great bodily injury as well as felony leaving the scene of an accident. Police have also performed a blood test and prosecutors reserve the right to charge her with driving under the influence depending on the results of the test.

They really piled on the charges on her,  Where's the evidence she was trying to run down these kids and not merely pursue them to recover her property?   And she didn't intend to hit the bystander.  Assault with a deadly weapon?  Ridiculous.

It should be charged with reckless driving (a misdemeanor in my state, don't know about this one) and leaving the scene with injury.  That's it.  And if the blood test results merit a DUI charge, tack that on too. 

As far as her law degree--I don't think her application is passing a fitness review from any state's bar anytime soon.  Might as well go get that MBA now...
 
2013-10-08 08:49:00 PM  
She should have called the cops and let them run the thieves over with their cars.
 
2013-10-08 09:16:00 PM  
I lived in that neighborhood for a year.  It's a wonder she wasn't shot.  She had to have been black-out/suicide drunk (which explains why she got booted from a Downtown Oakland bar).
 
2013-10-08 09:42:28 PM  
Hopefully Ms. Zato will seize this opportunity to examine her existence and stop being an asshole.
 
2013-10-08 10:58:20 PM  
Well I can't really defend what she did, but assholes graffiti'ing buildings and punching people in the face stealing their phones and farking up their vehicles... I wouldn't shed any tears if  someonehad run them over. Accidentally, of course.
 
2013-10-08 11:22:45 PM  
And apparently the dean of her school is an extraterrestrial.
 
2013-10-08 11:35:05 PM  

BravadoGT: A Hastings Law student, Meghan Anne Zato, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and an enhancement of causing great bodily injury as well as felony leaving the scene of an accident. Police have also performed a blood test and prosecutors reserve the right to charge her with driving under the influence depending on the results of the test.

They really piled on the charges on her,  Where's the evidence she was trying to run down these kids and not merely pursue them to recover her property?   And she didn't intend to hit the bystander.  Assault with a deadly weapon?  Ridiculous.

It should be charged with reckless driving (a misdemeanor in my state, don't know about this one) and leaving the scene with injury.  That's it.  And if the blood test results merit a DUI charge, tack that on too. 

As far as her law degree--I don't think her application is passing a fitness review from any state's bar anytime soon.  Might as well go get that MBA now...



If anything, they're being generous in assuming that she may not have intended to kill anyone.

/and she's very lucky that the victim didn't die
 
2013-10-09 12:11:34 AM  
She was protecting library property by attempting to report the graffiti crime in progress and then...
She was the victim of Felony robbery.
She was the victim of a Class A assault.
She was the victim of Class A or S.J.Felony Criminal Mischief for the attack on her car.S
While this protector of public property and victim of multiple crimes was fleeing the scene, her vehicle struct a pedestrian in the THE ROAD at 12:30am.
Why is a pedestrian standing in the street at that time of night?  Probably a drunk bum.
Its hard to say that hitting a dude in the street is even reckless without even considering her mental state would be that of a victim escaping a mob of dangerous attackers.
Sure, arrest her for assault if she hit him while driving on the sidewalk... but not if she was driving on the street.
The assault charge will not stand.. probably not even PC for arrest.
Should the DWI blood test results be thrown out as fruit of the poisonous tree?
Yes, if they were done pursuant to an illegal arrest.
However, driving the wrong direction is valid grounds for arrest.
So is leaving the scene / failure to stop and render aid.
So even if the assault charge is bogus, the arrest is still justified on other grounds and the blood evidence comes in.
Necessity is an affirmative defense to criminal culpability.
In other words, even if you are otherwise guilty of an offense, you cannot be punished if the offense was justified by necessity.
She can argue that DWI, Leaving he Scene and Driving Wrong Way were all necessary to escape the robbery, assault against her and the criminal mischief against her vehicle.
She will have the burden but, if she wins this argument, she can't be convicted even though the arrest was legit.
So, total acquittal is possible on the criminal charges.
She may face a civil action from the guy that was struck by her vehicle.
He was standing in the street after midnight and was struck by a car.
Q: Who stands in the street after midnight?
A: Drunk homeless people.
So even if she was reckless, the drunk bum shares some contributory negligence.
I would say that it is mostly his fault.
You don't stand in the street, especially at night.
Counter sue him for the damage to the vehicle.
Offer to pay his medicals for an out of court settlement.
Ink the deal and then pay the hospital directly, otherwise he'll take that money straight to the liquor store and we all pay for it via taxes.
 
2013-10-09 12:21:42 AM  
Also, if she was really loaded the drunk bum could maybe sue the bar for over serving her.
 
2013-10-09 12:30:11 AM  
"This is why we don't write laws to allow victims to respond with deadly force if they can safely flee."

Apparently the author of the article has never been to Florida.
 
2013-10-09 05:52:57 AM  

Psychohazard: Charged, subby, not convicted.  She'll get off.


I seriously doubt that she'll get off scott free. She not only hit an innocent bystander who was not involved in assaulting her & stealing her phone, but she left the scene of the accident.
 
2013-10-09 01:01:33 PM  
Maybe she was sick the day they taught law at law school.

/a little obscure, perhaps?
 
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