Analyzing Judge's Reasoning in Mehserle Sentence
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Perry sentenced former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle to two years in prison on his manslaughter conviction for killing unarmed passenger Oscar Grant. The case unleashed racial tensions from the beginning—Mehserle, who is white, was captured in numerous videos shooting Grant, a 22-year-old black man who was lying face down on a train platform, in the back. Perry's sentence, which threw out a gun enhancement charge that could have added 10 years to Mehserle's prison term, prompted praise from the defense and angry questions from Grant's family and supporters. Host Cy Musiker analyzes Perry's reasoning with Peter Keane, a law professor and dean emeritus of San Francisco's Golden Gate Law School.