This is pretty fascinating. The Los Angeles Superior Court web site has posted the recent memoranda related to the upcoming sentencing of former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle, and the defense has included testimony from people who know Mehserle personally. Read the testimonials here.

Later, I’ll try to get something from the prosecution as well…

Mehserle, currently incarcerated, awaits sentencing on Nov 5 for involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Oscar Grant. Sentencing guidelines recommend five to 10 years in jail, but as KTVU reports:

“(Judge Robert) Perry has a tremendous amount of discretion in handing down punishment against Mehserle, anywhere from probation to 14 years. There’s also the possibility he could get probation for time served.”

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Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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