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.”

  • Testimonials in support of Mehserle
  • Grant’s Family Anxiously Awaits Mehserle Sentencing (KTVU)
  • Justice for Oscar Grant Rally (Oakland Local)
  • Full Text: Mehserle’s Friends, Colleagues Speak on His Behalf in Trial Docs 28 October,2010Jon Brooks

    • Chirs

      This was a tragic mistake. Let the man out of Jail. Free Mehserle.

    • The courthouse took down the links. Remember Oscar Grant

      Mehserle pulled out his Taser twice (pictures on Oscar Grant’s phone). Mehserle new what he was doing. He told his friends that he thought Oscar Grant had a gun. Mehserle perjured himself.

      I was on BART and that could have been me or my loved ones. Sentence Mehserle to the fullest extent of the law.


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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