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    Kid that shot people in a dorm at Hampton U. How is it that he was on a university's campus and got that charge? I thought it was K-12 only?

    http://hamptonroads.com/2009/04/poli...ersity-shooter

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    Odane Greg Maye, 18, of Richmond was charged Wednesday with two counts of aggravated malicious wounding, two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, one count of breaking and entering while armed, one count of possession of a firearm on school grounds, and one count of discharging a firearm in an occupied dwelling.

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    WTF!? :shock:

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    Most likely it will be tossed before trial. Charge him with everything, something will stick.

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    How is that even a charge? It is a public university!?

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    I wonder why he was not charged with attempted murder (just wondering, that's all).

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    CRF250rider1000 wrote:
    How is that even a charge? It is a public university!?
    The police can charge you with whatever they like. Most likely they didn't understand the law.....

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    CRF250rider1000 wrote:
    How is that even a charge? It is a public university!?
    I think they are private...I mistakenly typed "public university" earlier and then edited it. Either way it shouldn't matter. Trespassing might apply since it is private, but doesn't change the charge.

    I also wondered about the lack of 'attempted murder'. Something must not have fit the criteria.

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    Oh gotcha. But still, it would only be trespassing then right?

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    SaltH2OHokie wrote:
    CRF250rider1000 wrote:
    How is that even a charge? It is a public university!?
    I think they are private...I mistakenly typed "public university" earlier and then edited it. Either way it shouldn't matter. Trespassing might apply since it is private, but doesn't change the charge.

    I also wondered about the lack of 'attempted murder'. Something must not have fit the criteria.
    I wouldthink that shooting someonewould be attempted murder.

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    I think its more than likely a case of the reporter's creative license.
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    Usually the charge is Malicious Wounding. The penalty is higher then attempted murder.

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    I'd be willing to bet Ed's paycheck that some dumba... erm... underinformed police official is unaware that the law the suspect is charged with breaking only applies to K-12 schools.

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    This guy robbed a bank (with a kinfe )and was charged....

    Taylor is being held at the Dinwiddie County Jail without bond and is charged with robbery and entering a bank armed with a deadly weapon. He will appear in Dinwiddie General District on Thursday.

    http://www.nbc12.com/Global/story.asp?s=10227472

    Sometimes I wonder if the reporter is clueless, or if the story is worded in such a way as to lead 99% of the public to conclude that "possession of a gun or knife in a bank is illegal."



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    doug23838 wrote:
    This guy robbed a bank (with a kinfe )and was charged....

    Taylor is being held at the Dinwiddie County Jail without bond and is charged with robbery and entering a bank armed with a deadly weapon. He will appear in Dinwiddie General District on Thursday.

    http://www.nbc12.com/Global/story.asp?s=10227472

    Sometimes I wonder if the reporter is clueless, or if the story is worded in such a way as to lead 99% of the public to conclude that "possession of a gun or knife in a bank is illegal."
    It called poetic license, though it has neither rhyme nor reason.

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    doug23838 wrote:
    This guy robbed a bank (with a kinfe )and was charged....

    Taylor is being held at the Dinwiddie County Jail without bond and is charged with robbery and entering a bank armed with a deadly weapon. He will appear in Dinwiddie General District on Thursday.

    http://www.nbc12.com/Global/story.asp?s=10227472

    Sometimes I wonder if the reporter is clueless, or if the story is worded in such a way as to lead 99% of the public to conclude that "possession of a gun or knife in a bank is illegal."

    I believe there is a Va law that says it's illegal to enter a bank with a weapon if you intend to commit a crime. It's basically an add-on charge to the robbery. Kind of like use of a firearm in commission of a felony added to murder charges. I do believe you're right though, most people hear what the reporter says and assume it's always illegal to have a weapon in a bank.

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    I think public laws are kinda like the military UCMJ. You get charged with a truckload of stuff by someone creatively writing the charges, then throwing it against the walland then it goes to the courts and they see what actually sticks... How persuasive can a trial lawyer be? We've probebly all heard about soem pretty silly charges that "stuck" because a slick lawyer sold the jury a "pint of snake oil".
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    Hampton University is a private university. Thank goodness the government isn't involved in the administration process :celebrate

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