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Criminal Law Keyed to Osler
United States v. Brantley
Citation:803 F.3d 1265 (11th Cir. 2015)
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Defendant was pulled over for a routine traffic stop because she had a missing license tag. The officer ran the defendant’s name and the name of her boyfriend and passenger, Dontae Morris. Morris had an outstanding warrant and a note that he had previously resisted arrest. A backup officer arrived on scene. Both officers went to the passenger side door, and Morris pulled a gun and shot both officers in the head. Morris then ran away on foot and the defendant drove off in the other direction. This was all captured by dash camera.
Defendant drove her car to a friend’s apartment complex and backed into a parking spot, hoping to hide her missing license tag. The two engaged in three phone calls, the content of which is unknown. She exchanged text messages with Morris regarding where she hid the car and pledging her loyalty to him. Defendant then texted others asking them to lie to authorities about knowing her. Officers found defendant that night near where her car was parked and three days later found Morris. Defendant was charged and convicted of misprision.
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