State Court – Acquittal – Murder

Tom Mesereau defended a murder case which ended in a jury acquittal.  He put his client on the stand to explain why he shot a gun at a witness.  The prosecution pursued a novel theory of murder.  Called “vicarious liability,” the prosecutors tried to prove that Mr. Mesereau’s client fired a shot at (A) and that (A) returned fire, accidentally killing the victim (B).  Prosecutors claimed that Mr. Mesereau’s client was responsible for the death of (B).  (B) was a disabled individual who sat in a wheelchair.

Significance:   The prosecution hoped that a theory of “vicarious liability” would result in further prosecutions in similar circumstances.  It didn’t!


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