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Fredericksburg man convicted of brandishing

mobeewan

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Has anyone heard of this case?


A friend sent me a link to the above article about a Fredericksburg, Va, Man convicted of brandishing by carrying a BB gun outside to see what was going on in the parking lot next door to his home. He never pointed it at anyone but held it by the barrel with the buttstock hanging by his leg. Not exactly the brightest idea. He was convicted of brandishing by instilling fear.

I checked the Virginia Court records system for Fredericksburg general district court. On March 21st of this year he was tried on 6 charges as follows:

Not guilty on 2 counts of misdemeanor assault .
Guilty on 2 counts of brandishing with a 30-day sentence on each count.
Not guilty on one count of fleeing the police.
Not guilty on one count of swearing/public intoxication.

His lawyer is looking to appeal the 2 brandishing convictions because of the vagueness of the Virginia brandishing law. I believe User has discussed the stupidity of the brandishing law here.

The article was written by the lawyer representing Mr. Wolf and there is a link in the end of article for a GoFundMe page. They were looking initially to raise $1,500 to get the court transcripts. After obtaining the transcripts it looks like they are trying to raise an additional $10,000 of which almost $7,000 has been raised in 8 days. I'll be send a donation myself.

 

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The late skidmark was a victim of this and threw a big party with the resulting civil suit $$$

There is, i believe another member who is suffering judicial anguish over this subject right now !
 

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Yes. But what behavior prompted the charge? Was he drunk? Was he letting loose a profanity-laced tirade? What did he do?

I just feel like I am missing some context, context that the lawyer feels would hurt his fund-raising efforts. I’d really like to know that context before I come to a conclusion.
 

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nothing, he was on his owned land......leaning on the property divided fence.

Standing in his own yard, he shouted across the fence, "What are you doing there? That is private property."

The woman then shouted, "He's got a gun!"

The man and the woman then calmly walked away, never answering his question.

They were "flaggers" assisting a road construction project, but nobody had ever informed Mr. Wolff before.

His question was never answered.
He went back into his townhouse, thought the incident was over, and went back to his morning meal.
 

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That does not answer the question.

One last time, and then I won’t care a whit one way or the other: What behavior prompted the charge of swearing/public intoxication?
 

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§ 18.2-388. Profane swearing and intoxication in public; penalty; transportation of public inebriates to detoxification center.
If any person profanely curses or swears or is intoxicated in public, whether such intoxication results from alcohol, narcotic drug or other intoxicant or drug of whatever nature, he shall be deemed guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor.
Black's law dictionary: "Deem." To hold; consider; adjudge; believe; condemn; determine; treat as if; construe.
So, you have to go to court to prove your innocence?
The statute is unconstitutional.
 

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Yes. But what behavior prompted the charge? Was he drunk? Was he letting loose a profanity-laced tirade? What did he do?

I just feel like I am missing some context, context that the lawyer feels would hurt his fund-raising efforts. I’d really like to know that context before I come to a conclusion.
It doesn't really matter. He was found not guilty on the charge. according to court records are also three other charges that he was found not guilty on. It was probably the cops just piling on charges. Although states do have laws against the use of profanity, the courts have not always sided with those laws in some cases.

 

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What he actually did may provide context for the other charges of which he was convicted.

To me, it would be perfectly reasonable for a person to be afraid of a man with a gun in his hand if he is intoxicated and/or letting loose a profanity-laced tirade.

Context.

No matter. I don’t care anymore. I don’t waste my time on cases where I can’t learn the context.
 

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What he actually did may provide context for the other charges of which he was convicted.

To me, it would be perfectly reasonable for a person to be afraid of a man with a gun in his hand if he is intoxicated and/or letting loose a profanity-laced tirade.

Context.

No matter. I don’t care anymore. I don’t waste my time on cases where I can’t learn the context.
Now that this prior hiatus eye95 we all knew and tolerated ~ great to see you are resorting back to your old behaviors eye95...keep up the good job!
 

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doesn't matter, what context his behavior was.....He was on his OWNED LAND when he did whatever context you mentioned.
 

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It doesn't really matter. He was found not guilty on the charge. according to court records are also three other charges that he was found not guilty on. It was probably the cops just piling on charges. Although states do have laws against the use of profanity, the courts have not always sided with those laws in some cases.

They pile on the charges like that as an act of extortion: they do that to try to force the defendant to accept a plea bargain by intimidation and threats of unjustified punishment. They also increase the cost of litigation because the defendant's attorney has to work on all the charges, even if they're bogus.

I've posted on this subject under "hot topics":
 

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They pile on the charges like that as an act of extortion: they do that to try to force the defendant to accept a plea bargain by intimidation and threats of unjustified punishment. They also increase the cost of litigation because the defendant's attorney has to work on all the charges, even if they're bogus.

I've posted on this subject under "hot topics":
Some fine examples of how the gov't uses law to generate incomes while stripping the people rights
 

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What he actually did may provide context for the other charges of which he was convicted.

To me, it would be perfectly reasonable for a person to be afraid of a man with a gun in his hand if he is intoxicated and/or letting loose a profanity-laced tirade.

Context.

No matter. I don’t care anymore. I don’t waste my time on cases where I can’t learn the context.
geez. quit being such a whiney baby!
 

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For ANYONE who has any doubts about this effort, I will share here a portion of what our most esteemed and well-respected forum member "User" posted at the thread he referenced above, slightly edited for clarity:

Attorney Jonathan Mosely is working on a case coming out of Fredericksburg in which exactly these issues have arisen. I've volunteered to help him out with legal research and writing (as I'm now retired from practice and no longer authorized to take any direct assistance), but he's taking the argument to new levels and needs assistance.

I urge everyone to support this effort.

Here's a write-up on what he's doing:

"Virginia Laws Against 'Brandishing' a Gun Unconstitutional Federal Lawsuit Declares - Christian Newswire
NEWS PROVIDED BY Attorney Jonathon Moseley April 11, 2019 WOODBRIDGE, Va., April 11, 2019 /Christian Newswire/ -- A new lawsuit says some of Virginia's gun-related laws are unconstitutional. The federal complaint is being filed April 11, 2019 in the the Eastern District of Virginia. A military..."
That should dispel ANY DOUBTS that linger. For the stubborn among us, I challenge you to follow the link and READ the post provided above by User to the appropriate sub-forum here on OCDO.

TFred
 
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