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Man who tried to run over police officer pleads 'no contest'

Original post made on Apr 17, 2013

An East Palo Alto man who tried to run over a police officer and deliberately smashed a stolen vehicle into a police van in East Palo Alto pleaded no contest to assault with a deadly weapon and other felonies on Tuesday, April 16, in San Mateo County Superior Court.

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Posted by Wondering?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 17, 2013 at 10:26 am

Anyone know what difference a "no contest" plea makes in this situation, compared to a "guilty" plea?

Given the nature of this young man's actions--it's difficult to understand why he was not sentenced to more time.

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Posted by Raymond
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 17, 2013 at 11:14 am

@ 'Wondering'; a 'guilty' plea would admit guilt for a potential Civil suit brought by the Police officer.

Same as No contest plea for 'wreckless driving' when damages to personal property are at stake.

I'm not a lawyer

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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 17, 2013 at 11:34 am

I sure would like to think that any person who tried to deliberately run over anyone, let along a police officer in the line of duty, would never live to see any light from the sun that was not filtered through prison bars. This is someone none of us want to ever have to worry about.

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Posted by Jared Bernstein
a resident of Professorville
on Apr 17, 2013 at 11:48 am

Wow, sounds like a defendant who had a mighty good lawyer. If this deal was worked out by a public defender, I'd like to know which on. This is great defense work, and I'm glad we have such effective public servants. (No irony intended here; it's a great outcome for young Mr. Livingston.) From the headline, I was SURE that it was some wealthy person who got off light due to the diligence of a well paid attorney. Apparently not so, but it'd be good to know.

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Posted by Abe Mitchell
a resident of Meadow Park
on Apr 17, 2013 at 11:55 am

This is the sort of "Nutter" that deserves to be put in the dungeon with the door closed,locked and the key thrown away. However as society is today such things would be seen to be extremely cruel by the "Do-gooders" so no doubt he shall serve time at the tax-payers expense and be released as a rehabilitated person until the next time.

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Posted by jam
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 18, 2013 at 8:20 am

These idiots who don't respect the police, get leniant sentences, and are a menace to our comunity and should be locked up for longer time. He will probably be paroled next summer and be ready to comit many more crimes in the comunity.

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Posted by Jeff
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 18, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Attempted to run over two officers who were on foot but got less than 5 years? I didn't know police officers were so expendable. The difference in punishment between attempting and succeeding must be much larger than I would expect.