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Jewu Richardson Will Be Tried Again
by Thomas MacMillan | Sep 19, 2013 12:48 pm
Posted to: Legal Writes
Jewu Richardson will face a jury a second time, to defend himself against charges that he led cops on a cross-town chase that ended with him being shot in the chest.
In April, a judge declared a mistrial after the state initially prosecuted Richardson (pictured) for the alleged crimes. The jury couldn’t come to a decision.
On Tuesday, Richardson’s attorney, Diane Polan, said the state has decided to try the case again. Polan said she doesn’t know when the case will hit the courtroom.
Polan (pictured) said Richardson rejected plea bargain offers from the state. Prosecutors were willing to reduce the amount of jail time they would seek, but not all the way to zero, she said. “They wouldn’t agree to a suspended sentence.”
Prosecutor Jack Doyle, who led the case against Richardson, couldn’t be reached for comment for this story. The clerk’s office confirmed that the case is back on the trial list. A new court date has not yet been set.
Richardson was charged with two felony and seven misdemeanor charges stemming from a car chase with cops in the early evening of Jan. 16, 2010. The chase ended with Officer Ross Van Nostrand atop the hood of Richardson’s boxed-in blue Acura TL at the Mobil gas station at the corner of Whalley and Sherman avenues. Van Nostrand shot Richardson, who was then 32, in the chest. He survived the shooting. Click here for an in-depth account of the case, Richardson’s criminal history, and his history of complaints against the police.
The case became a rallying point for local anti-police-brutality activists, who saw it as an example of an officer jumping on the hood of the car and unjustifiably shooting an unarmed man, with impunity. During the trial, Richardson supporters packed the gallery seats on the left side of the courtroom.
The case also rallied New Haven officers to support their colleagues who were called to testify in the case. Cops saw the case as an example of a man with a criminal history leading police on a dangerous chase and trying to hurt cops. They claim that Richardson, after already causing two car accidents during the chase, hit Officer Ross Van Nostrand with his car, propelling Van Nostrand to the hood; and that Van Nostrand shot in self-defense. Cops and prosecutors regularly filled the seats on the right side of the courtroom during the trial.
Seats on both sides of a New Haven courtroom may fill up again, when his case returns to court.
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Anyone who doubts a car is a weapon; you stand in the street, while I drive my car into you, then report back.
Well said Hhe. When the police pulls you over Jewu, do one simple thing STOP and don’t run from the police. All this nonsense could’ve been prevented if Jewu stopped.
It’s a bit more complex than that, previous posters, once you start digging.
There are a lot of things the police could have done differently as well, like following their own no-pursuit policies. This is what at least two of the jurors couldn’t swallow—they felt they couldn’t convict Mr. Richardson when the police had done so much wrong as well. They also did not necessarily believe the police, based on their own experiences with the police.
There were conflicting accounts from all of the witnesses as to whether the police officer who shot Mr. Richardson was hit or actually flew “like Superman” onto the car hood, as one witness reported. Do some research on the case before making simplistic statements and assumptions about how he should have stopped. That wasn’t really a factor in the case, though I believe it was one of the charges.
These yahoos chased Mr. Richardson against police policy, against DIRECT orders (they were told to call off the pursuit 2-3 times by superior officers) through highly populated neighborhoods and then shot him at a GAS STATION full of people, and, well, gas.
Then there’s the history of police killing unarmed black men in their cars…
And anyone who wants to see some amazing defense work should go watch Diane Polan in any one of her upcoming cases. She’s amazing to watch.
The defense is absurd, it comes down to the fact that this a trial of Jewu Richardson NOT a trial of the New Haven PD or any officers in particular. The fact that New Haven has a non-pursuit policy that emboldens criminals is completely irrelevant.
Richardson was dead wrong and belongs behind bars. Does he deserve the death penalty? Absolutely not, but neither do any of our police who put themselves in the line of fire everyday just for this guy to have a drunken joy ride. Richardson claims to be afraid that police are going to plant evidence on him, but they don’t need to because he was ADMITTEDLY drinking beer WHILE DRIVING at the time of the incident.
Nojustice, I can probably notice from your comments that yoU dont like the police maybe to much movie watching, BUT Jewu was drinking and driving, car was not registered/un-insured/suspended license,..... lets not forget, Jewu fled from police, struck two police cruisers, Jewu also struck three civilian vehicles, he attempeted to run over a cop, are you kidding me?????? Jewu placed his own life at risk including the lives of the two passengers inside the fleeing vehicle (which the rear passenger was screaming for Jewu to stop the car) and of course the rear passenger did not testify (wonder why?) Independent witnesses watched the chaotic scene unfold at the gas station and said that Jewu sped towards the young officer’s DIRECTION. Jewu placed officers lives at risk, and most important the good people of new Haven. Why do people want to defend the CRIMINALS and feel sorry for them. Jewu is an adult and he knew exactly what he was doing. And I know the facts of this case really well. And what was extremely sad, is when i watched the nhi video when the case was declared a mistrial and two of the jurors and Jewu were walking of court (laughing and clapping) wow really???? Makes me think. If Jewu thinks that the police is out to get him??? try this next time Jewu, obey the law like a good citizen would do, example; obey the traffic laws, make sure your vehicle is up to par, don’t drink and drive, and STOP for the police and then you can have a complaint against the police.
Hey nojustice, do some ride-alongs with the NHPD and watch what they have to do and go through on a daily and nightly basis, maybe that will change your mind on some of your views. Granted there is a few bad apples in the NHPD, but that comes with EVERY proffesion, gender, religion, country or state, and race in this world there is always a couple idiots that ruin it for everyone else’s hard and honest work. There is good and bad in this world and everyone as a little kid playing always wanted to be the good guy getting the bad guy, and NHPD was definitely not the bad guy in this incident.