S.F. woman, killed in hit-and-run near Sacramento, had faced infamous animal cruelty case in city
A San Francisco woman who in 2018 was accused of killing a Chihuahua by throwing it from the seventh floor of a city parking garage, only to see the conviction thrown out on appeal, has been killed by a hit-and-run driver in Sacramento County. ...
I remember when she broke into the car and killed the dog... The security footage from the garage was heartbreaking.
You're not supposed to speak ill of the dead so I'll just leave this here: ✌🏽 bye Felicia!
I had to read this headline 4 times before it all made sense.
I wonder, as the car raced toward her…was she afraid? Like, did she feel the lizard-brain-no-language-pure-animal-terror of knowing that pain and death were imminent and she was powerless to stop it? And, if so, in that final moment of pure fear and clarity, did she think of that little dog?
Karma is a bitch.
It’s a shame this was a hit and run. If the driver hadn’t been anonymous they probably would have gotten a few thank you cards.
sentenced to three years in prison, but a state appeals court overturned her conviction in May 2020 because she had been denied permission to act as her own lawyer.
The San Francisco Public Defender’s office represented Best at her trial after Superior Court Judge Charles Crompton denied her request to represent herself.
In overturning her conviction, the First District Court of Appeal acknowledged that, when questioned by Compton, Best showed little understanding of the law and could not coherently describe what defenses she might present.
But the court said Best was mentally competent, answered some simple questions accurately and appeared to understand the hazards of self-representation. That was enough to meet the standards of a 1975 state Supreme Court ruling that recognized a defendant’s constitutional right to represent herself, the appellate panel said in a 2-1 decision.
There you have it. Our criminal justice system in action.
Edit: Just so I am clear this case was botched from every point of view:
An actually guilty person was exonerated because a judge made a mistake.
A person was held in jail for 3 years in violation of their constitutional rights.
A obviously mentally ill person didn't get the help they needed despite multiple contacts with our criminal justice system and is now dead.
Some think this is some kind of accidental justice (see below) but this is a failure at every level and I believe typical of how our criminal justice system actually works.
Chihuahua Cartel sending a message about messing with one of its own.
Hot water and applied pressure behind the plastic bumper will help remove the dent...
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