Skip to comments.VA:Man charged with Brandishing for putting gun away, Editorial OVN
Posted on 07/05/2013 7:11:38 AM PDT by marktwain
On April 9, Graham Corry was on his way to dinner with friends.
He turned onto Patterson Avenue and stayed in the left lane. He passed two Collegiate school buses that were traveling in the right-hand lane of the road.
When he reached Parham Road he moved into the turning Lane behind another car and waited at the red light. The two busses pulled in behind him and stopped.
Like tens of thousands of other Virginians Corry carried a handgun legally for self defense. He intended to wear the gun at dinner which was with other gunowners who would be doing the same. He took the gun from his glovebox and placed it in the holster in his dash compartment. The reason for doing this was so he didnt have to handle the gun in the parking lot, he merely had to strap it on.
The light turned green and he went to an enjoyable dinner and then home.
What he didnt know was that Nathaniel Goodwyn, who was driving the bus behind him was angry that Corry hadnt let him get into the turning Lane ahead of him.
Goodwyn had seen him move the gun and reported it to his security supervisor at Collegiate the next day, the security supervisor told an off-duty police officer who worked with the school.
At this point the story has gotten a lot like the teenage game of rumors. Each telling makes it worse. The officer obtained a warrant for brandishing a firearm.
Corry went to court on the 26th of this month. If the consequences hadnt been so serious it wouldve been laughable. Goodwyns story changed several times while he was testifying for the prosecution. It reached the point to where he said Corry had glared at him and he could tell even though Corry was wearing sunglasses, a hat, and all he could see was the back of his head, that Corry had bad feelings because he focused on him.
I grew up in a legal family, married a judges daughter and have known dozens of judges both good and bad over the years. I have never however, seen a judge behave as badly as the one in this case. He simply did not want to hear any of the defense.
While Corry was testifying the judge was chatting with the clerk and filling out paperwork in other cases. He didnt even bother to look at Corry.
Despite the absurdity of the charges and the testimony by Goodwyn, Corry was found guilty. To add to the judges misconduct, he sentenced Corry, who had no criminal record at all, to the maximum amount of jail time the law allows, then suspended half of it.
Supporters have rallied and collected money for Corrys defense. The hub of this is on Opencarry.org. Contributions cam be made there.
Dan Hawes, one of the most respected defense lawyers in the state represents Corry.
Of course this is being appealed and we will continue to follow this case.
Brandishing is one of those undefined words that can be made into anything the police want.
Like loitering or stalking.
It is impossible to give a legal definition of brandishing, stalking or loitering.
Judges are GOVERMENT employees, draw a GOVERNMENT salary and will collect a GOVERNMENT pension.
The idea that they will protect the CITIZEN is laughable.
“It shall be unlawful for any person to point, hold or brandish any firearm or any air or gas operated weapon or any object similar in appearance, whether capable of being fired or not, in such manner as to reasonably induce fear in the mind of another or hold a firearm or any air or gas operated weapon in a public place in such a manner as to reasonably induce fear in the mind of another of being shot or injured. However, this section shall not apply to any person engaged in excusable or justifiable self-defense.”
As with much in self defense law, it mostly depends on what is determined to be “reasonable”. It will likely come down to a jury determining what they consider to be reasonable.
I should use a knife or sword.
This reminds me of a wit, who had to appear in court for a petty offense and also got an indifferent judge. When he noted that the judge wasn’t listening to him at all, he changed from testifying in English to testifying in Polish.
The prosecutor looked at him with a blank stare for a moment until he realized that the judge was ignoring him as well. When the prosecutor interrupted the judge, and the judge got angry at him for disturbing him, this annoyed the prosecutor enough to drop the charge.
Well, yeah, but we’re still not a police state, because nobody’s dog got shot.
“The idea that they will protect the CITIZEN is laughable.”
That’s an argument that could be used by the losing side no matter the outcome of a case.
This is why open carry should be legal.
It prevents this abuse of police power.
It wasn't a civil case.
Open carry is legal in VA.
Why did the defense need to hire a court reporter? Aren’t all court proceedings customarily recorded in an official transcript?
Apparently they do not need to record proceedings.
In what jurisdiction?
Henrico is the best place name that I see.
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