Client charged with assault with a weapon, uttering threats, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. Complainant was driving downtown when suddenly a suspect ran in front of his vehicle. When the complainant stopped his vehicle the suspect reached through the window, held a knife to the complainant’s throat, and threatened to kill him. Client apprehended a short time later and a short distance away with a knife in his possession. Client acquitted at trial when trial judge accepted that frailties in eyewitness identification and potential for tainting of the identification would make conviction unsafe.
July 2, 2011