While the original Law & Order may no longer be in production, legal dramas continue to abound. Often, a key moment in the fictional courtroom involves whether or not the so-called “smoking gun” is admissible in court. These dramas can also highlight the interplay of the criminal and civil systems. Today’s blog entry looks at these issues in the context of a tragic shooting. First, we briefly examine the hearsay rule and its exceptions. Second, we remind readers that our Oakland violent injury law firm can help clients pursue civil claims for violent injury regardless of what happens in a criminal tribunal.
Criminal Charges Filed Based on Dying Man’s Declaration
This week, the Oakland Tribune reported that authorities have filed murder and weapons charges tied to a fatal East Oakland shooting. In the early hours of September 3, police were called to the 9800 block of Burr Street where they found a 22-year-old man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. According to police, the man made a dying declaration to officers identifying his shooter prior to passing away at a nearby hospital. Police located the named 31-year-old Richmond resident. Officers say he admitted to involvement in the shooting but a motive is unknown.