Former Assistant U.S. Attorney David Weinstein Speaks On Parkland Shooting Indictments


THESE CHARGES IN THE COMING WEEKS PROSECUTORS WILL LIKELY DECIDE IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS WHETHER THEY INTEND TO SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY IN THIS CASE

IN PARKLAND, CBS4 NEWS FORMER ASSISTANT ATTORNEY DAVID WEINSTEIN IS HERE TO HELP US UNDERSTAND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN COURT TODAY DAVID, THE DEFENSE ACKNOWLEDGES THAT CRUZ CARRIED OUT THE ATTACK WHO IS THIS JUST A FORMALITY, LEGALLY SPEAKING OR WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE? WHAT IS IMPORTANT HERE IS THAT THEY WERE ABLE TO HAVE THE GRAND JURY RETURNED THE CHARGES WITHIN THE 21 DAY WINDOW HAD THEY NOT DONE THAT, WE WOULD HAVE ALL AHEAD TO LISTEN TO A HEARING WHERE A JUDGE WOULD HAVE HAD TO HAVE FOUND PROBABLE CAUSE THAT CRUZ COMMITTED THE CRIMES

THE INDICTMENT ITSELF TELLS US WHAT WE ALREADY KNOW THAT 17 PEOPLE WERE KILLED THAT 17 ADDITIONAL PEOPLE WERE ALMOST KILLED AND OF THOSE 17 ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGES, EIGHT OF THOSE PEOPLE WERE ACTUALLY HIT BY BULLETS THAT WERE FIRED BY CRUZ ALL OF THOSE ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGES CARRY A 20 YEAR MINIMUM MANDATORY SENTENCE IF HE IS CONVICTED

THEY WILL ALSO BE ABLE TO USE THOSE AS ABROGATING FACTORS WHEN THEY SEEK THE BEST TO THE — WHEN THEY SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY IN THE NEXT 25 DAYS, WE WILL HAVE TO WATCH FOR THE STATUTES, AS AMENDED, — THERE HAS TO BE A DOCUMENT FILED INDICATING THAT THEY WILL SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY AND WHAT THE AGGRAVATED FACTORS WILL BE THE PREMEDITATION AND THE WAY HE CARRIED IT OUT THE WAY THAT THE VICTIMS DIED AND OTHER RELATED FACTORS HE HAS TO DO THAT WITHIN 45 DAYS

IF HE DOESN'T, HE CANNOT SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY THE PUBLIC DEFENDER — THAT IS THE WHOLE ISSUE THE PUBLIC DEFENDER WANTS THE DEATH PENALTY TAKEN OFF THE TABLE IS THAT STILL AN ISSUE — SOMETHING THAT COULD HAPPEN? IT CERTAINLY WILL INVOLVE A LOT OF MEETINGS BETWEEN THE DEFENSE ATTORNEYS AND THE PROSECUTORS AND THE VICTIMS THE VICTIMS ALL HAVE A RIGHT TO BE HEARD

FOR THOSE VICTIMS WHO ARE NO LONGER WITH US, THE NEXT OF CAN HAS A RIGHT TO BE HEARD IT IS THEIR RIGHT AND ALL OF OUR RIGHTS UNDER THE FLORIDA CONSTITUTION BEFORE ANYONE CAN WAIVE THE DEATH PENALTY, THESE PEOPLE HAVE TO HAVE THEIR VOICES HEARD AND HAVE TO HAVE INPUT THE PUBLIC DEFENDER MAY WANT TO TRY TO RUN TO COURT AND SAY, MY CLIENT IS WILLING TO PLEAD TO THIS DOCUMENT THAT HAS BEEN ON FILE THERE IS NO NOTICE OF DEATH PENALTY

SO THEREFORE, YOU CANNOT IMPOSE DEATH HERE THEY CANNOT DO THAT THERE IS A ROLLING OUT OF THE DISTRICT COURT OF APPEALS THAT SAYS AGAIN THAT THE VICTIMS HAVE A RIGHT TO HAVE INPUT SO THEREFORE, YOU CANNOT RUSH IN TO AVOID THE DEATH PENALTY IT WILL BE A SLOW PROCESS

IT IS NOT GOING TO BE A STORY THAT GOES AWAY ANYTIME SOON QUICKLY, PRISON LOGS DESCRIBED CRUZ AS COHERENT AND HAVING FUNCTIONAL MEETINGS WITH HIS ATTORNEY THEY ALSO SAY HE IS GIGGLING AND LAUGHING DOES ANY OF THIS PLAY INTO A POSSIBLE INSANITY DEFENSE OR IS THAT IS FOCUSED ON THE TIME OF THE CRIME? IT PLAYS INTO A CURRENT INSANITY DEFENSE HE IS CERTAINLY ABLE TO HELP HIS ATTORNEYS NOW

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