Ryan Frederick Found Guilty of Voluntary Manslaughter

Well, it could have been a lot worse:

A jury convicted Ryan Frederick of voluntary manslaughter this afternoon in the January 2008 death of Chesapeake police Detective Jarrod Shivers.

It also convicted him of simple possession of marijuana.

In the process, the group opted against the two most serious charges filed against the 29-year-old – capital murder and manufacturing marijuana. Voluntary manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. Marijuana possession is a misdemeanor, with a maximum sentence of 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine. [Virginian-Pilot]

I imagine this is one of those cases where both the defense and the prosecution breathed a sigh of relief. It could have turned out much differently and this outcome enables each side to claim that they did their job.

It’s hard to know what to make of this. Frederick was the victim here, no less so than the officer whose life was lost. This young man deserves no punishment and will now serve at least a couple years, I’d bet. He went down hard in what’s rapidly becoming a classic botched drug raid scenario wherein a suspect believes police are burglars and uses a firearm to defend their home with fatal consequences.

The staggering magnitude of police incompetence and corruption at stake here deserves considerable investigation and I hope today’s outcome won’t close the door on that. In the meantime, let’s keep Ryan in our hearts as he heads to the sentencing phase.
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Once you are in the system

they make sure you pay. The biggest issue for the DA was to look good as he moved towards his quota of convictions. There is no justice to be had in the system.

Ryan Frederick's best hope was jury nulification. Jury nulification helped end slavery, alcohol prohibition and other abuses of a too powerful system.

If you voted you are up for jury duty. Get informed on jury nulification and help take back America. Juries are the last stand of the citizen against governmental abuse.

A travesty of justice!

Without doubt!

I'm pro-choice on EVERYTHING!

What ever happened to the

What ever happened to the burgular who broke into Ryan's house and then informed the cops that he was growing marijuana? If anyone is at fault, that guy sure is!!! But, the burgular is surely one of the police department's 'top informants', and obviously one they allow to commit crimes in return for information!! The fact that this guy is obviously too stupid to know the difference between marijuana and maple trees, AND the fact that HE was committing a crime at the time he allegedly saw these marijuana plants, should certainly be enough to make ANYTHING he says far from credible!!! This guy should be in jail for premeditated murder!! But, I venture to guess he's still out burgularizing houses with the cops blessing!!

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