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The Families of Two Dead Thugs Are “Crushed” That This Man Is Free

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This is from Bearing Arms.

I bet that Jason Jesus Gonzalez and Rolando Carrazana were just trying to get Gabriel Mobley to go to choir practice.

Then go to the homeless shelter to help serve meals.

In reality, Jason Jesus Gonzalez and Rolando Carrazana are thugs that got what they deserved.

 

Gabriel Mobley licensed concealed carrier Photo Credit csgv.org

 

Jesus Gonzalez vicious thug Photo Credit ww.bustedmugshots.com

Rolando Suarez Carrazana vicious thug Photo credit www.bustedmugshots.com

The Florida Supreme Court has refused to take up a prosecutor’s appeal of an appeals court decision that granted immunity to licensed concealed carrier Gabriel Mobley, meaning that Mobley’s six-year ordeal is finally over.  Murder charges were dismissed in an attack caught entirely on a Chili’s security camera.

A very biased account of the events carried in the Miami Herald and republished by the Florida Courier nonetheless gets the general account of incident correct:

Mobley shot and killed Jason Jesus Gonzalez and Rolando Carrazana in February 2008 outside the Chili’s restaurant at 5705 NW 173rd Drive.

Gonzalez and Carranza had gotten into an argument with Mobley and a friend inside the restaurant. No fights occurred and the two men left the eatery, though not before banging on the outside windows and pointing at Mobley’s group.

Some 20 minutes later, Mobley and his friend, Jose Correa, were smoking cigarettes outside the restaurant. Mobley had retrieved his Glock pistol from the glove compartment of his parked car.

Suddenly, Gonzalez appeared out of nowhere, delivering a “vicious punch” to the face of Correa, fracturing his eye socket, according to court documents. Gonzalez danced backward, his arms raised as if to taunt the men. Seconds later, Carranza appeared rushing toward the men.

“I was scared, and then I seen this other guy coming up from the back and then he reached up under his shirt so I was scared,” Mobley testified at an immunity hearing in January 2012. “I thought, you know, they were going to shoot or kill us.”

Conveniently, the “journalist,” David Ovalle, forgets to mention that Carranza had charged Mobley while reaching his hand under his shirt, and two knives were found near where he fell.

Ovalle also ignorantly—or perhaps with deliberate malice—described the incident as an application of Florida’s “stand you ground” law, which Andrew Branca notes was barely applicable (if at all) as Gonzalez and Carrazana ambushed Mobley and Correa, who had little if any viable opportunity to retreat. It appears that Ovalle’s entire focus was on demonizing Mobley in order to attack a “Stand Your Ground” law that wasn’t very relevant to case (only a dissenting judge mentioned it), just as journalists attempted to incorrectly ascribe it to the Zimmerman trial and Jordan Davis case (it wasn’t relevant to the defense in either case) and to the Marissa Alexander case (where she tried to claim “stand your ground” immunity, but was denied by both the trial and appellate courts).

Finally, Ovalle notes that:

Miami-Dade Chief Assistant State Attorney Kathleen Hoague said Wednesday that the victims’ relatives were “crushed” and “to say we are disappointed is an understatement.”

Perhaps the families should have taught their relatives not to act like savages. If they’d been civilized, and hadn’t been so violent, both Jason Jesus Gonzalez and Rolando Carrazana might still be alive.

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High court to look at death row inmate with low IQ

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This is from The Washington Examiner.

I say if you’re smart enough to kill your smart enough to die. 

They say a youth should not be executed.

Again I say you’re old enough to kill your old enough to kill.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eleven years after the Supreme Court barred states from executing mentally disabled inmates, the justices said Monday they will take up a Florida case over how authorities determine who is eligible to be put to death.

The outcome could answer a question left unresolved by the court’s 6-3 decision in Atkins v. Virginia, the 2002 case that spares the mentally disabled from the death penalty. The ruling essentially left it to states to decide whether an inmate is mentally disabled.

The case under review is an appeal of a Florida Supreme Court ruling that upheld the death sentence for Freddie Lee Hall, who scored just above the state’s cutoff for mental disability as measured by IQ tests.

Hall was sentenced to death for killing Karol Hurst, a 21-year-old pregnant woman who was abducted leaving a grocery store in 1978.

Florida law prohibits anyone with an IQ of 70 or higher from being classified as mentally disabled, regardless of other evidence to the contrary. Hall’s scores on three IQ tests ranged from 71 to 80.

Florida is one of nine death penalty states with a strict IQ limit, said Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente. The others are: Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington.

Pariente voted with the majority to uphold Hall’s sentence, but noted there is no national consensus on how to determine mental disability.

Hall’s case has bounced around the Florida courts for decades. In 1989, the Florida Supreme Court threw out Hall’s original death penalty and ordered a new sentencing hearing. A judge then resentenced Hall to death, but declared he was mentally disabled. That took place before the 2002 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said executing a mentally disabled inmate violates the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment, and before Florida passed a law setting the IQ limit.

When Hall later filed another appeal, the same judge ruled he was not mentally disabled because his scores on IQ tests topped 70.

Hall has been in prison more than 35 years, almost all of it under a death sentence. He and another man, Mack Ruffin, were prosecuted for forcing Hurst to drive from a Pantry Pride parking lot in central Florida’s Leesburg to a wooded area, where she was sexually assaulted and shot to death. The pair also were convicted of killing a sheriff’s deputy. Ruffin also initially was sentenced to death, but his penalty later was changed to life in prison.

The case will be argued early next year.

The case is Hall v. Florida, 12-10882.

 

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