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Judge enters not guilty plea for Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz (Death penalty case)
CN N ^ | March 14, 2018 | Jason Hanna & Eliott C. McLaughlin

Posted on 03/14/2018 11:34:51 AM PDT by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies

A judge entered a plea of not guilty on Nikolas Cruz's behalf as the teen was arraigned Wednesday in last month's massacre at a South Florida high school -- on the same day students across the country walked out of class to demand stricter gun laws because of the killings.

A Broward County grand jury last week indicted the 19-year-old gunman on 17 counts of premeditated murder in the first degree and 17 counts of attempted murder in the first degree. Wednesday's plea in a Fort Lauderdale court came after Cruz's defense attorney told the judge that the teen was standing mute to the charges -- meaning he was declining to enter a plea.

Cruz, wearing a red jail jumpsuit, largely kept his head down as he sat in a jury box with three law enforcement officers standing behind him. Cruz killed 17 people -- both students and school staff -- at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on February 14, in one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern US history.

He confessed to being the gunman, according to a probable cause affidavit released shortly after his arrest. Prosecutors to seek death penalty Prosecutors announced in court filings Tuesday that they will seek the death penalty.

They listed several factors, including that Cruz knowingly created a risk of death for many people and that the shooting was "especially heinous, atrocious or cruel."Read the notice of intent for yourself. The head of the county's public defender's office, which is representing Cruz, said last month that there is no question Cruz is guilty, and that he was willing to plead guilty to avoid the death penalty.

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: broward; cruz; flschoolshooting; judgenikolascruz; massmurderer; nikolascruz; nikolascruzplea; parkland; schoolshooter
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1 posted on 03/14/2018 11:34:51 AM PDT by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies
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To: Beautiful_Gracious_Skies

Why the F*K would the judge do that? The POS already confessed.


2 posted on 03/14/2018 11:39:06 AM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: rjsimmon

Yeah, i’m confused.


3 posted on 03/14/2018 11:41:45 AM PDT by wheresmyusa
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To: rjsimmon

Because he didn’t admit guilt in court. They need to start leaving nooses in his cell.


5 posted on 03/14/2018 11:43:36 AM PDT by AppyPappy (Don't mistake your dorm political discussions with the desires of the nation)
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To: rjsimmon

Withdrew his confession, and there are eye witnesses including two teachers that indicate perp had a face mask on so that they didn’t see who it was. 1 of the teachers says he was in full metal tactical gear and had a rifle like none she had ever seen and her first response was “why are the police here?” Perp was 20 feet away from her so unlikely she was mistaken.


6 posted on 03/14/2018 11:43:56 AM PDT by Blogger (The causes are the left are never about caring about an issue. It’s always about power.)
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To: rjsimmon

Read the last sentence of the excerpt. A guilty plea precludes death penalty. A plea of not guilty allows the death penalty.


7 posted on 03/14/2018 11:45:08 AM PDT by plain talk
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To: Blogger

Then is it within the realm of possibility that they apprehended the wrong person?


8 posted on 03/14/2018 11:45:49 AM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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I am not convinced that anyone in office is looking out for the people on this criminal case. The FBI and Broward County Sheriff’s office both completely dropped the ball on several dozen specific warnings about this guy as a school shooter. Next, the Broward County Sheriff’s office stayed outside the school during the shooting, intentionally, either out of cowardice or malice, and prevented outside SWAT from entering the building. And now the judge is advocating for the leftist mass murderer. It’s almost like America’s enemies have chosen an ugly path and are guiding us down it.


9 posted on 03/14/2018 11:46:30 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed")
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To: plain talk
A guilty plea precludes death penalty.

In what universe should this be a reality? Much like the Salem witch trials, if you plead guilty to being a witch, you were spared. Asinine.

10 posted on 03/14/2018 11:47:06 AM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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Why the F*K would the judge do that? The POS already confessed.

Death penalty cases require a trial.

11 posted on 03/14/2018 11:47:26 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: plain talk
Read the last sentence of the excerpt.

What??? Read the excerpt???

Don't you know that FReepers only comment from reading the title of the thread??? LOL

12 posted on 03/14/2018 11:49:06 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen)
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To: COBOL2Java

Yeah. I’m guilty of not always reading articles. But I always read the excerpt before posting. But hey everyone is in a hurry these days. :-)


13 posted on 03/14/2018 11:50:36 AM PDT by plain talk
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To: rjsimmon

It would deprive high-powered attorneys the opportunity of getting the little snowflake acquitted, thereby making their careers (see Clarence Darrow, F. Lee Bailey, Johnny Cochran, etc).

Judges know where their bread is buttered.


14 posted on 03/14/2018 11:50:37 AM PDT by Bratch ("The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke)
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To: wheresmyusa

Uh, the AR-15 is responsible not the poor demented kid.

I guess I better do the “/S” huh?


15 posted on 03/14/2018 11:51:22 AM PDT by rktman (Enlisted in the Navy in '67 to protect folks rights to strip my rights. WTH?)
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To: Beautiful_Gracious_Skies

This thing makes about as much sense as the Las Vegas shooting, meaning none at all.


16 posted on 03/14/2018 11:52:05 AM PDT by cdcdawg
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To: plain talk

A guilty plea precludes death penalty.

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That’s the deal his defense wanted, but he’s not going to get it.


17 posted on 03/14/2018 11:52:31 AM PDT by Moonman62 (Make America Great Again!)
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To: rjsimmon

Yes. Or didn’t apprehend everyone. The two students gave eyewitness reports that there was more than one shooter. One said the shots came from the other end of the building shortly before Cruz was walking out next to her. No mention of him being dressed oddly. The second said a “kid” shot into the room and that there were 3 shooters. Don’t think she saw the three, but she said specifically it was a kid and not someone with a mask and tactical gear. Male teacher said he didn’t know it was Cruz because he was wearing a mask. Shot straight at the teacher. The other teacher is the one that gave testimony on Good Morning America of a man in tactical gear.


18 posted on 03/14/2018 11:52:45 AM PDT by Blogger (The causes are the left are never about caring about an issue. It’s always about power.)
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To: rjsimmon

The confession can be presented as evidence in court.

He withdrew his not guilty plea and stood silent. The judge usually enters a not guilty plea when the defendant stands silent.


19 posted on 03/14/2018 11:53:49 AM PDT by Moonman62 (Make America Great Again!)
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To: rjsimmon

A guilty plea saves a lot of tax dollars and investigative resources at the outset.


20 posted on 03/14/2018 11:55:43 AM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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