Sunday, February 01, 2015

L.A. County Sheriff Arrested the Actor who played the Red Power Ranger in an Obvious Case of Self-Defense

Ricardo Medina, Jr. 
Palmdale, CA—L.A. County Sheriff’s officers responded to a Saturday 911 call from Ricardo Medina, Jr., 37 after he reportedly stabbed his roommate. 
Deputies entered the home and found Joshua Sutter mortally wounded after being stabbed by a sword allegedly by the actor most famous for playing the Red Mighty Morphing Power Ranger. 
A Sheriff’s spokesman said that Sutter was fighting with Medina who with his unidentified girlfriend fled to a bedroom.  The dead man then forced his way into the bedroom when he was mortally wounded.
Sutter lived in the home but assuming the sheriff’s department is correct that he stepped up his violence by forcing his way into the safety of the bedroom.  Depending on size or strength disparity use of deadly force to terminate such of an attack was reasonable.
Bail for Medina was set at $1million.  
Since I specialize in self-defense cases this one is right up my alley.  Should the District Attorney senselessly file a complaint or obtain an indictment I know I can help Medina.  I'd welcome a call from him or his lawyer. 
It would be a shame to see this lad’s life be destroyed by an ill-advised prosecution.  Barring solid evidence, a confession or a witness statement this matter should end.
If Medina is forced to stand trial his career is over even if he is eventually acquitted. Americans are supposed entitled to the benefit of the reasonable doubt.  Making a jury determine if the act was justified is a form of prosecutorial tyranny. 
Such a prosecution could easily cost the accused to pay as much as $1 million in legal fees and costs.  


Anonymous said...

Hard to find a trial where prosecutorial mendacity, incompetence, and general injustices do not take place. Where does one start to understand the legal system that awaits some unexpecting rub without the circumstances to retain a high-powered attorney? Would love to get a hold of a great basic primer on the legal system.

Also puzzling to me is how reform in the legal industry is pursued or accomplished. Seems like law and the legal system are too dynamic to say that American justice system is better today than it was 65 years ago. That the only meaningful statement about the law comes via a case-by-case basis.

Read this decade-long witch hunt of Matthew Cherry by Beaumont, Texas police. Though I realize that there are lots of people working hard on behalf of justice, given all of the reported cases of prosecutorial misconduct it does leave one shaking his head almost perennially. Thanks.

Indy Reasoner said...

One of the grave injuries of late by "the system" is that DAs have decided it's cool to "run it up the flagpole"--that is, to prosecute and see what happens, as if this cost no one anything.

Once upon a time, when the Constitution was at least ostensibly followed, such a prosecution had to follow an honest to goodness indictment by a grand jury and not just some arraignment by a DA. Moreover, if it was found that the indictment and prosecution were casual or malicious, each individual among the grand jury was personally liable.

US justice has been turned on its brass. It's no longer as I described above; dirtbag DAs take the easy way and put all the onus on the defendant. Thus, they avoid criticism for both prosecuting and not prosecuting--a violation of the concept of innocent until proven guilty.

We are in treacherous times. My call to all law enforcement--and in this case, to AJ folks overall--is to root out and eliminate the dirtbags in the system. If they will not, these scoundrels will surely prompt what certain sick elements of The Powers That Be want: defiance of and disrespect for the entire system, and thus the "justification" for clampdown and a genuine anti-government feeling among the people, as the government become the disgusting kind of master the Colonies defied.