An Atlanta jury has found attorney Claud “Tex” McIver guilty of felony murder in the shooting death of his wife Diane in September 2016. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison. The 75-year-old McIver was acquitted on a charge of malice murder, which would have meant that the shooting death was intentional. Jurors also found McIver guilty on four lesser charges, including aggravated assault. WXIA reports that one of McIver’s friends calls the the jury’s decision “the wrong verdict.” Diane McIver was shot in the back while riding in the front passenger seat of an SUV. Her husband was in the back seat with a loaded revolver in his lap.
The Minnesota judge who presided over the recent acquittal of the police officer who shot and killed Philando Castile has written a letter supporting the jury’s decision. “The criticism of the jury’s decision of which I am aware has focused primarily on a reaction to the squad-cam video and on consideration of issues you as jurors were never asked to address,” wrote Judge William Leary III on June 23. More on the letter is available here at The Daily Beast.
Whether you agree with his politics or not, President Donald Trump is skilled at using simple, direct speech to communicate his ideas. It’s a style that lawyers should consider when addressing a jury, according to this article in Texas Lawyer. National Trial Lawyers member Lisa Blue is a co-author of this article.