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Mom convicted in baseball bat attack on son's heroin dealer
St. Louis Post Dispatch ^ | April 25, 2013 | staff

Posted on 05/01/2013 1:44:39 AM PDT by expat1000

HILLSBORO • In just a few short months, Sherrie Gavan said, her son went from a straight-A student who loved baseball and scuba diving to a listless teenager with a short fuse.

Then she figured out the cause: heroin addiction, an epidemic that has upended life for countless parents across the St. Louis area in the past five years.

Gavan told a court on Tuesday that she took desperate measures to get her son, Clayton, now 19, clean. She slept next to him as he shook and sweated through withdrawals. She enrolled him in a new school to keep him away from a bad crowd. She sent him off to live with relatives and even took him to work with her.

(Excerpt) Read more at stltoday.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: Missouri
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1 posted on 05/01/2013 1:44:39 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: expat1000

She should be awarded the keys to the city!


2 posted on 05/01/2013 1:47:34 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: expat1000
Gavan, 54, was found guilty Tuesday of third-degree assault, a class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and a year in jail.

Yes, she is guilty, but let pray when sentencing is held she gets a five dollar fine.

3 posted on 05/01/2013 1:52:37 AM PDT by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Once you get hooked on heroin, you don’t really ever come off it. The kid might go through rehab and look ok for a week or two....but the desire will come back eventually.


4 posted on 05/01/2013 1:53:10 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: expat1000

Wow! Mother of the year as far as I am concerned.


5 posted on 05/01/2013 1:53:32 AM PDT by MestaMachine
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To: expat1000

“And despite the conviction, she said, she achieved what she wanted by confronting Loyd. Loyd has not contacted her son since, and Clayton has been clean for more than a year.”

Hopefully she gets off with the $1000 fine and time served. BUT - sometimes doing the right thing, even if you get punished, is worth it. Kudos for her for doing what it takes to protect her family.


6 posted on 05/01/2013 1:55:24 AM PDT by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: 21twelve

Time served, fine suspended conditioned on one year unsupervised probation. Hard to believe that there was a guilty verdict at all.


7 posted on 05/01/2013 2:04:48 AM PDT by Bob
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To: expat1000

They should not have convicted this woman.


8 posted on 05/01/2013 2:10:37 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: expat1000

I would sue her lawyer for malpractice....cannot believe a jury.....even in the most liberal of areas....would convict


9 posted on 05/01/2013 2:13:58 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (GOP - Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: expat1000
Loyd is 5 foot 9 inches and 195 pounds; Gavan is 4 foot 11 inches and 115 pounds. He did not seek medical attention for his injuries and acknowledged he had not been badly hurt.

Liberal logic: Pursue this case, ignore real cases. Liberalism is a disease, and this woman has demonstrated the cure, just not very forcefully.

10 posted on 05/01/2013 2:19:31 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: 21twelve

>>Hopefully she gets off with the $1000 fine and time served.

I think that is the maximum fine.


11 posted on 05/01/2013 2:35:00 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: MestaMachine

Good to hear from you, Mesta.


12 posted on 05/01/2013 2:35:31 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: Pollster1

Love to take a look at that jury with my baseball bat.


13 posted on 05/01/2013 2:38:08 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (The Obama Molecule: Teflon binds with Melanin = No Criminal Charges Stick)
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To: expat1000

It is sickening that it took a jury only a very short time to come back with a GUILTY verdict. Had I been on the jury, the verdict would have gone the other way or I’d have hung the jury or done something to cause a mistrial.

This is disgusting.


14 posted on 05/01/2013 2:43:17 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: SeminoleCounty
I would sue her lawyer for malpractice....cannot believe a jury.....even in the most liberal of areas....would convict

"Loyd also said he could not identify Gavan in the courtroom despite the fact that she was sitting only a few feet from him."

15 posted on 05/01/2013 2:48:16 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: expat1000

This is exactly where jury nullification should be used. One person on the jury could have shown some common sense.


16 posted on 05/01/2013 2:50:53 AM PDT by wesagain (The God #Elohim# of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the One True GOD.)
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To: Kenny Bunk; Gaffer

Probably not the juries fault.

The judge would have given the jury instructions. Something like “You have to decide on the facts in front of you. Did she or did she not do it? Her intent or motivation are not on trial here and not relevant. You MUST, as someone who has sworn to uphold the law, base your decision on these factors alone.”


17 posted on 05/01/2013 2:52:58 AM PDT by djf (Rich widows: My Bitcoin address is... 1ETDmR4GDjwmc9rUEQnfB1gAnk6WLmd3n6)
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To: Fzob

To make her guilty no mater the sentence makes her a criminal. She is NOT the criminal

She is guilty of protecting her child... Nothing more.

The lawers and judges can pound sand...in my view


18 posted on 05/01/2013 2:54:50 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight,, he'll just kill you.)
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To: djf

Yeah, I understand. Directions by the judge, etc. ....there still is such a thing as jury nullification, regardless of what a judge, or a misapplied law for that matter, says.

If the judge doesn’t like it (their nullification) he can in many cases overrule the verdict and supply his own.


19 posted on 05/01/2013 2:57:02 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer

AFAIK, the judge deciding a verdict can only work this way:

If the jury finds the accused guilty, the Judge can override that and declare them not guilty.

But if a jury finds them not guilty, set, match, game over. That’s the whole point of the jury, so that it’s not some big wig high paid snob deciding cases.


20 posted on 05/01/2013 3:02:21 AM PDT by djf (Rich widows: My Bitcoin address is... 1ETDmR4GDjwmc9rUEQnfB1gAnk6WLmd3n6)
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To: djf

Well, that is even more of an excuse that this jury should have ignored the judge and voted their conscience.


21 posted on 05/01/2013 3:03:42 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: MestaMachine

this time i would support jury nullification.
i came close to doing the same (crossed my mind) once before in my life.
ps i have 3 sons


22 posted on 05/01/2013 3:04:16 AM PDT by Donnafrflorida (Thru HIM all things are possible.)
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To: expat1000

She deserves an AWARD!


23 posted on 05/01/2013 3:10:14 AM PDT by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY)
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To: Gaffer

It may well be (and probably is) that whether or not she was doing it to protect her son from drug addiction WAS NEVER AN ISSUE RAISED AT TRIAL!

A good defense attorney would move the court to rule any info about that to be prejudicial.

And he would win the motion.

Look, I sure as hell ain’t saying the system is perfect. But many times we hear about jury decisions and say WTF?? but we have a whole different set of facts in front of us, the media spin, etc


24 posted on 05/01/2013 3:12:45 AM PDT by djf (Rich widows: My Bitcoin address is... 1ETDmR4GDjwmc9rUEQnfB1gAnk6WLmd3n6)
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To: Vaquero

25 posted on 05/01/2013 3:44:01 AM PDT by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: expat1000
There is an excellent article on American Thinker on this very subject. But the author approaches the issue from a different direction than simple assault:

...It is no surprise that the general degradation of property rights should coincide with the rise of statism and the devaluing of the individual. Either we own property -- including ourselves - or we do not. From such a belief system comes abortion; the right to life is subject to the granting of permission by the collective. Gun control is another example; the Left hates guns because they empower the individual over the collective. A man with a gun does not need the protection of the State but can deal with violations of his rights by himself. The man with a gun can, if need be, do without the collective. This chafes at liberal sensibilities, as they are absolute in their determination to make us all not just our brother's keeper but his master. There can be no right to self-defense in a world where one does not own even himself. The State is master and it is a usurpation, an act of rebellion, to defend yourself. It is even more an act of treason to defend yourself against the State. This is why there is such anger in the Progressive community against "bitter clingers" holding onto their guns; what right does any individual have to take the power of the State?

It affects religion, too. The Judeo-Christian religions believe in the duty of the individual to govern himself first and foremost. The Progressive thinking is that nobody has a right to govern himself, so Christianity and Judaism are rebels, antithetical to the cause of community and the idea that "it takes a village". Islam, on the other hand, is both a handy tool to use against them and is a system where there is no division between the State and the Faith, and the individual must submit to the larger collective...

(Read the rest of it at: American Thinker: "The Individual as Property" by Timothy Birdnow

26 posted on 05/01/2013 3:46:45 AM PDT by rlmorel ("We'll drink to good health for them that have it coming." Boss Spearman in Open Range)
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To: djf
The judge would have given the jury instructions...

The judge can go pound sand. This woman is guilty and OJ Simpson was not guilty?? WTF !! When the law is lawless there is no law.

27 posted on 05/01/2013 4:00:16 AM PDT by DE50AE
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To: expat1000

In MA and other places, the criminals are considered victims and vice versa.

Barry must be very proud.


28 posted on 05/01/2013 4:14:07 AM PDT by GP100
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To: expat1000

I think she deserves a commendation!


29 posted on 05/01/2013 4:23:37 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: pepsionice

There is a way off of it - permanently, and it is not willpower.


30 posted on 05/01/2013 4:34:11 AM PDT by frithguild (You can call me Snippy the Anti-Freeper)
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To: SeminoleCounty
I would sue her lawyer for malpractice

For doing exactly what wrong?

31 posted on 05/01/2013 4:36:41 AM PDT by frithguild (You can call me Snippy the Anti-Freeper)
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To: expat1000

Where’s The father?


32 posted on 05/01/2013 4:38:17 AM PDT by Third Person (Welcome to Gaymerica.)
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To: expat1000

People need to read about the Founders’ response to tyranny, set up Committees of Safety and use them. This is the proper organizational response they used before getting out the muskets and shooting the redcoats.


33 posted on 05/01/2013 4:47:59 AM PDT by sergeantdave (No, I don't have links for everything I post)
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To: expat1000

Great job, mom! They make no mention of the dealer’s jail time, is he is still out there doing his thing?


34 posted on 05/01/2013 4:48:57 AM PDT by jughandle
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To: expat1000

So I guess selling heroin is allowed in that community? Why not call law enforcement and report that the kid was selling heroin to her child? Sounds like the seller and his family are a collection of dim bulbs, and it would not have been hard to catch him.


35 posted on 05/01/2013 5:02:41 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: expat1000

I can honestly say if the choice was between my son and a drug dealer — I’m swinging away, trying for a homerun.

Hank Williams Jr. has an excellent song about a similar situation:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnbTl5wLbxo


36 posted on 05/01/2013 5:12:58 AM PDT by areukiddingme1 (areukiddingme1 is a synonym for a Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and tired of liberal BS.))
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To: djf

A good defense attorney would move the court to rule any info about that to be prejudicial.

I would hope a defense attorney that wouldn’t want this brought up in court would be fired.
a prosecuting attorney, on the other hand...


37 posted on 05/01/2013 5:31:15 AM PDT by gnickgnack2 (QUESTION obama's AUTHORITY)
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To: expat1000

I’ll never forget seeing actor Carroll O’Conner on tv after his son died of an overdose basically begging parents to do the same thing. He tried everything to get the dealer away from his son and wasn’t successful. So sad. At least she got him to stay away from her son.


38 posted on 05/01/2013 6:36:05 AM PDT by Clintons Are White Trash (If stupid ever reaches $150 a barrel then I want the drilling rights to Maxine Water's head.)
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To: Donnafrflorida

If I’d had any idea where it was coming from, I would have done far worse. About a week after my son left for his 4th or 5th trip to a rehab, I did find out, but by then the guy (who was already under an 8 year suspended sentence) was caught with over a pound of heroin, a pile of counterfeit money and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. I’m hoping that he will be locked up for a long time.


39 posted on 05/01/2013 6:49:14 AM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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