CALIFORNIA CRIMINAL LAW: USING A NICKNAME FROM A HORROR MOVIE CAN GET YOU IN TROUBLE
In this recent case, the deputy district attorney was permitted to elicit the defendant's nickname, "Chucky," - the doll from the horror movie who comes to life and slashes people - and then to argue all about the horror movie.
No problem, says this California Court of Appeal. The defendant intended the nickname to be used to scare people.
But they do reject a kill zone argument. The single shot here could have hit either of two people, but the third person couldn't have been shot given the angles. The DA gets two counts of attempted murder, not three.
People v. Geovanny Leon, aka Chucky; 2010 DJ DAR 1415; DJ, 1/28/10;
C/A 2nd, Div. 6
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