The judge in the trial of SFPD officer Terrance Stangel, which ended in a near-complete acquittal on Monday, sounded less than patient to prosecutors on Tuesday when a request for a new court date was made.
the The jury acquitted Stangel on Monday, after four days of deliberations, of three of the four counts against him: assault involving aggravated assault, assault with deadly weapon and assault with violence. The jury deadlocked 9-3 on the assault under the color of authority – three jurors voted to convict that charge. There was also initially at least one reluctant juror who also wanted to convict on the third charge, but that juror relented Monday after the jury foreman sent the judge a note, prompting the jury to be sent to further and swift deliberation came back with verdicts on three counts.
The jury clearly had a lot of sympathy for the police, and the defense clearly challenged the prosecution’s account that the beaten victim, Dacari Spiers, was wholly innocent of resisting arrest — or wholly innocent of the claims made by witnesses who called the police the scene that he abuses his girlfriend claims that the girlfriend denies under oath. While closing argumentsAssistant Prosecutor Rebecca Young tried to make a distinction set out in the code for police use of force, saying that Spiers may have resisted, but he was not “offensive” in doing so – and Young lamented this after Monday’s verdicts “There was ample evidence, beyond any reasonable doubt, of an attack involving excessive force after Dacari Spiers was down.”
The verdicts came as a blow to District Attorney Chesa Boudin and his office, especially three months before Boudin faces a new election.
but Mission Local reports from the court Today, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Teresa M. Caffese is clearly fed up with this case and sees no point in pursuing the fourth indictment in a new trial.
When the prosecutor’s office made a request for a new hearing date when they might decide to go ahead with a second trial, Judge Caffese reportedly said, “Don’t you think it’s time to go ahead?”
Also per Mission Local, an angry-sounding Caffese said, “It would be appropriate for people to seriously consider benefiting anyone … But if that’s what the state, the government wants, then we will do it.” “
Chief District Attorney Hans Moore was in court on Tuesday, apparently saying the prosecutor’s office wanted more time to “evaluate” how to proceed.
And when a court clerk offered a court date in 60 days, Caffese reportedly snapped again and asked to set the date for tomorrow – at this point the prosecutor’s office doesn’t seem to have made a decision, but who knows!?
That trial was closely watched across the country as it took place in a liberal-minded city like San Francisco, amid the country’s ongoing reckoning with police brutality — particularly against black male suspects. But perhaps the Spiers case wasn’t as clear-cut as prosecutors had hoped, even though Spiers was never charged with a crime.
The case fanned the flames of the ongoing rift between SF cops and the prosecutor’s office, and at least one potential prosecutor’s job hopeful, Supervisor Catherine Stefani, also jumped on Spiers’ previous records of domestic incidents to get the prosecutor’s office herself to call . As determined by the board of directors hold a final vote on a $700,000 civil settlement With Spiers, Stefani caused a lot of drama after a closed session, saying: “We have a prosecutor who said, ‘No evidence of domestic violence! No! There is no evidence of domestic violence!’ There is evidence of domestic violence here. Lots of it.” And Stefani, referring to the case dismissed by the prosecutor’s office, added a witness who said she saw Spier’s hands on his girlfriend’s neck: “This is a person who was arrested for DV [domestic violence] before, who did the same, put his hands around a woman’s neck. This proof is admissible.”
Well, it wasn’t admitted in the case, but apparently it wasn’t needed.
With a jury hung 9-3 in favor of the defense on one of three counts, is it wise to keep trying this case? We’ll see what Boudin decides.
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