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Oscar Grant Trial

Violence is Not Justice, Says Oscar Grant PSA

Violence is Not Justice, Says Oscar Grant PSA

by Naima Ramos-Chapman on July 2 2010, 1:33PM

PSA pushes for peace should Johannes Mehserle be found not guilty of any charges in Grant’s killing.

Topics: Oscar Grant Trial

What the Grant Jury Must Decide Infographic

What the Grant Jury Must Decide

by Hatty Lee on July 2 2010, 11:27AM

A handy, graphic guide breaking down the charges and what the prosecution must prove for each.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Oscar Grant Trial: The Jury's Debate

Oscar Grant Trial: The Jury’s Debate

by Julianne Hing on July 2 2010, 7:37AM

A detailed breakdown of the charges Johannes Mehserle faces and the arguments jurors will weigh in deciding his fate.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Grant Family To Cop: Spare Us Your Crocodile Tears

Grant Family To Cop: Spare Us Your Crocodile Tears

by Julianne Hing on June 26 2010, 1:34PM

Mehserle’s emotional testimony outrages Oscar Grant’s family, as prosecution chips away at the defense’s argument that the shooting was an accident.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Oscar Grant Trial: I'm Not a Murderer

Oscar Grant Trial: I’m Not a Murderer

by Julianne Hing on June 25 2010, 12:52AM

Johannes Mehserle has finally spoken for himself. And in one compelling testimony he transformed from the anonymous symbol of cop brutality a sympathetic, imperfect human being a jury can understand.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Oscar Grant Trial: Video Analyst Trips Up Defense

Oscar Grant Trial: Video Analyst Trips Up Defense

by Julianne Hing on June 24 2010, 1:19PM

A forensics expert the prosecution worked hard to keep out of the trial tells so many plain lies he just may tar Mehserle by association.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Oscar Grant Trial: Gripping Testimony Opens Defense

Oscar Grant Trial: Gripping Testimony Opens Defense

by Julianne Hing on June 23 2010, 9:35AM

Johannes Mehserle’s defense kicks off with a combative, emotional exchange with Grant’s friend over what really happened on the BART platform that deadly night.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Oscar Grant Trial: Train Operator Called Fight No Big Deal

Oscar Grant Trial: Train Operator Called Fight No Big Deal

by Julianne Hing on June 21 2010, 5:30PM

Keecha Williams testified that the fight on her train was typical New Year’s Eve fare, and that the fight Grant supposedly had with other people on the train was not unusually violent.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Oakland Cops Stage Riot to Prep for Oscar Grant Verdict

Oakland Cops Stage Riot to Prep for Oscar Grant Verdict

by Julianne Hing on June 21 2010, 12:00PM

Bay Area police convened for a day-long training on arrest and crowd control techniques. They simulated violence by having plain clothes officers throw objects at police.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

BART Cop Pirone's Convenient Memory Lapses

BART Cop Pirone’s Convenient Memory Lapses

by Julianne Hing on June 18 2010, 7:29PM

Pirone could not remember how Grant got from his knees onto the floor of the platform. “It’s like trying to unscramble an egg,” Pirone said by way of explaining his fuzzy memories.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Oscar Grant Trial: Prosecution Pokes Holes in BART Cop's Story

Oscar Grant Trial: Prosecution Pokes Holes in BART Cop’s Story

by Julianne Hing on June 18 2010, 9:46AM

Eyewitnesses’ cell phone videos show that Oscar Grant and his friends were compliant with transit cops and did not resist their orders.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Fired BART Cop Pirone May Testify

Fired BART Cop Pirone May Testify

by Julianne Hing on June 16 2010, 7:29PM

Pirone was the BART police officer who had his knee pressed on Grant’s back at the moment Mehserle shot him.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

DA: No Cop Pulls a Gun on Accident

DA: No Cop Pulls a Gun on Accident

by Julianne Hing on June 16 2010, 9:30AM

A retired BART patrol officer walked the courtroom through the four safety features in the gun Mehserle used that would have prevented the weapon from accidentally being shot.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Oscar Grant Took Photo of Mehserle Holding Taser Gun

Oscar Grant Took Photo of Mehserle Holding Taser Gun

by Julianne Hing on June 10 2010, 11:35AM

Minutes before he was killed, Oscar Grant used his sister’s cell phone to take a photo of BART cop Johannes Mehserle holding and pointing his Taser at him.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

BART Cop Mehserle's Defense: Push Race to the Sidelines

BART Cop Mehserle’s Defense: Push Race to the Sidelines

by Julianne Hing on June 7 2010, 12:47PM

Judge Robert Perry will rule soon on two motions filed by Mehserle’s attorney Michael Rains, who is trying to keep jurors from hearing about an exchange between another BART cop and Oscar Grant minutes before Mehserle shot 22-year-old Grant

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Oscar Grant Jurors Asked, Can You Overlook Race?

Oscar Grant Jurors Asked, Can You Overlook Race?

by Julianne Hing on June 4 2010, 9:53AM

A selection of 200 potential jurors for the trial of former BART officer Johannes Mehserle were interviewed for this week and asked to fill out a 14-page survey asking them about their attitudes on race and police.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Oscar Grant Murder Trial Kicks Off In L.A.

Oscar Grant Murder Trial Kicks Off In L.A.

by Julianne Hing on June 1 2010, 1:10PM

It’s been exactly a year and a half since Oscar Grant was shot in the back while he lay face down on a train platform by former BART cop Johannes Mehserle. Today, Mehserle faces his last pre-trial hearing.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial