Friday, April 23, 2021

Not Guilty!

Jackson Municipal Court Judge Jeff Reynolds found David L. Archie not guilty of simple assault domestic violence today.  Archie was charged with the crime after he removed the doors in his home and put his wife's clothes on the street in January. 

Judge Reynolds held a trial Monday that was contentious at times.   He warned both sides he would brook no foolishness today as two bailiffs stood at the ready.  The Judge took the unusual step of issuing a written opinion in Municipal Court.  He read the opinion out loud as the prosecution and defense anxiously awaited the announcement of the verdict.  Judge Reynolds make them sweat as he recounted the history of the case and discussed the relevant statutes.  He finally announced the verdict after reading the opinion aloud for a half-hour.

Judge Jeff Reynolds ruled: 

The Court is satisfied that the Defendant, by removing the bedroom doors, intended to intimidate Mrs. Archie and create a climate of fear and anticipation of potential bodily harm , particularly given the Defendant ' s history of physical abuse. The message he sought to convey was clear: He was in control, above the law , and could do whatever he pleased. 

But being in fear, intimidated, or living in a climate of fear gene rally, is not "fear of imminent serious bodily ha rm" under§ 97-3-7(3)(a)(iii). Mrs. Archie admitted on the stand that she was not in fear of bodily harm (much less " immi nent serious bodily ha rm") on January 23, 2021 because third parties were present at all times. And rather than offer testimony tending to show any fear of imminent serious bodily harm on January 23, 2021, Mrs. Archie instead testified that she generally feared that the Defendant might harm her when the doors were off the hinges while the parties were alone at home. Fear of some possible future act, or general fear of harm , regardless of its reasonableness based on the Defendant's past bad behavior , does not suffice to convict under Mississippi Code § 97-3-7(3)(a)(iii) because such fear lacks the elements of (I) immed iac y, and (2) serious bodily injury.


 

 

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Victory for Justice!
This was a witch-hunt from the start.

Anonymous said...

So Archie intimidated the judge into not guilty verdict? Will be interesting to see how this does on appeals.

Kingfish said...

What appeal?

Anonymous said...

I look forward to Archie's press conference after he vilified the judge who just cleared him.

Anonymous said...

This is known as rewarding bad behavior.

Anonymous said...

Irrespective of all of this, Archie is a loser, pure and simple.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the judge made the right ruling. Can't convict a man if the City doesn't prove its case. No matter how awful the man. Looks like the City didn't come close.

Anonymous said...

Appeal. We need to quit letting coaches teach Civics Class.

Anonymous said...

So, what about the other case involving the radio D.J. and Archie?

Anonymous said...

"being in fear, intimidated, or living in a climate of fear gene rally, is not "fear of imminent serious bodily ha rm"

Can someone please interpret that for me...WTF is gene rally?

But, wait...Living in a climate of rear and harm is not fear of serious bodily harm. WHAT? Where do we get these clown-judges?

Anonymous said...

Sadly, an idiot who is an obvious bully and loudmouth gets the benefit of the judges most zealous efforts to research and document the elements of his case. All lawyers know this seldom happens in Municipal Court and never in Justice Court. Archie will be back and he will waste the police department's and the court's time all over again with his stupid rants. This bullshit will not end well for Mrs. Archie or Hinds County. Congrats Archie.

Anonymous said...

Well if anyone thought that someone (like a judge) would somehow curb the insanity now you know. It’s just not possible. The whole country has gone bat shit crazy and the lunatics are driving the train. Every damn day it just seems to spiral faster and faster toward the fucking looney bin. This kind of crap isn’t new in small areas, but now it’s like everyone running this country graduated from Numbskulliosis U. Now kids stabbing each other to death is ok and what normal kids do....... Insanity!

Anonymous said...

5:49 and others. When a court or a jury finds an accused not guilty in a criminal case, that's it. The prosecution cannot seek to have that verdict overturned. The defense of double jeopardy is in place at that point, and a defendant can never again be tried for that particular offense. What I mean there is the specific offense he was tried on. That doesn't mean that he can't be tried for some different violation of the same statute if he commits a new crime in the future.

Anonymous said...

I think the critical element of the crime that was lacking was "imminent," which means "about to happen."

We can't convict people just because we think they deserve it (and I'm sure David Archie deserves it). Public opinion and personal agendas must not take the place of the law.

I salute you, Judge Reynolds. I wish you could take Tomi Green's place.

Anonymous said...

You get what you vote for. Just sayin.

Anonymous said...

Judge Reynolds would make a great Circuit Court Judge when Tomi Green let the criminals go home for 500.00 retire.

Mean whike lying Lumumba endorses Brain Grizzell, same guy alleged fired from JPs for Hitting a student in the guy with a #2 pencil..

Anonymous said...

@10:11PM
Why don’t you drop your pom poms and take Judge Tomie Green’s place?

Anonymous said...

I didn’t realize it was illegal to remove a door from your house

Anonymous said...

Judge Reynolds was NOT intimidated. He is a tough, smart, fair and principled man.

Anonymous said...

6:06 - I think it is if your wife is on the other side of it and you remove it with your foot. And if you live in Madison, you want to check the code. Just about every damned thing violates code up thataway.

Anonymous said...

I am glad they found him not guilty because I enjoy the entertainment this clown creates.

Leftenant Tragg Axing For Perry said...

"Will be interesting to see how this does on appeals."

Can a case of this nature with a verdict of not guilty be appealed in Mississippi? I don't think so.

Anonymous said...

4 ;43 is a total imbecile . the state cannot appeal a not guilty verdict.

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