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Criminal Law Keyed to Osler
United States v. Slocum
Citation:486 F.Supp. 2d 1104 (C.D. CA 2007)
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Defendants were both members of the Aryan Brotherhood, a white nationalist prison gang and participated in an attack of black inmates at the United State Penitentiary in Pennsylvania. High ranking members of the Aryan Brotherhood received a letter order them to attack inmates that were a part of the DC Blacks, a rival gang. Houston and Bridgewater were recruited to participate in the attack. They used prison-made knifes, went into a prison cell, and conducted a knife attack. Two were dad and the others were severely wounded. The victims were unarmed doing non-aggressive things like laying down in a bunk and playing monopoly at the time of the attack. There is no evidence that the victims ever attacked the defendant or threatened to do so.
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