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Weapons charge for a baseball bat ...

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by novelist_wannabe, Aug 31, 2012.

  1. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    Baseball player threatened female with the bat and was arrested. I won't dispute that the threat should be addressed, but the weapons charge seems to be stretching things.

  2. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    So you don't think a baseball bat can inflict serious injury?
  3. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    It's explained in the story:

    "The bat’s a weapon under the Georgia code section. A bat can be used for athletic purposes, but once it’s used as a weapon, it becomes a weapon on school grounds.”

    If you attacked someone with a bat or a cinder block or a broken bottle you'd still be charged for "Assault with a Deadly Weapon," despite the original intention of the object in question.
  4. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    I'd like to know more about the exchange between him and the girl.
  5. sgreenwell

    sgreenwell Well-Known Member

    From the story, it says he specifically mentioned using the bat against her, at least according to police. At least in Rhode Island, that would mean a felony assault or assault with a dangerous weapon charge. In one case that I can remember, a gang member used a baseball bat to fracture someone's skull, and only with two or three swings, according to witnesses. I'm not sure why there would be any confusion about why there would be a weapons charge for this, although unless he has previous offenses, I imagine it gets pleaded down or dismissed.
  6. waterytart

    waterytart Active Member

    Because maybe he had a good reason for threatening her with the bat?
  7. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Not in the hands of any of the current members of the Chicago Cubs.
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