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Acquittal in “I Didn’t Know I Was a Felon” Felon-in-Possession Case. Jury acquits based on instructions that they must prove defendant was aware he was a felon and willfully possessed a weapon.

8 Responses to “Interesting”

  1. John Smith Says:

    A third degree felony? What is it with this country and trying to make everything a felony?

  2. Weer'd Beard Says:

    +1 I dunno how likely it’ll be to weaken the Gun Control Act’s restriction of people owning guns who commit non-violent felonies, but its certainly a good story.

  3. Canthros Says:

    I was on the jury for a case with a similar argument in a lower court a couple years ago. That resulted in a mistrial, which I thought was odd, but I’m guessing the judge didn’t want to rule while this case was still working its way through the system.

  4. nk Says:


  5. Dixie Says:

    What is it with this country and trying to make everything a felony?

    Gun control, Ayn Rand style. Doesn’t matter if guns are legal if everyone’s a convicted felon.

  6. Matt Groom Says:

    Good. As far as I’m concerned Non-Violent= Not a Felony. Telling someone that their civil rights are null and void because some politician had some vendetta against drug or pirated DVD possession is bullshit.

  7. straightarrow Says:

    The law is an ass.

  8. Xrlq Says:

    This is an interesting twist on the “ignorance of the law is no excuse” theory. If his defense had been “I didn’t know about the law that prohibits felons from owning guns,” he’d be dead in the water. But since it was “I didn’t know about the law that made me a felon in the first place,” he’s cool.

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