Posted on November 6, 2016 by Don West in Don West
The Next Fight- The Verdict
In this episode, Don talks about jury deliberation, verdict, sentencing and appeal. With only few examples, a jury verdict has to be unanimous. In the jury deliberation, the jury can look at evidence, and ask questions of the judge, in order to reach a verdict. The outcomes are either a guilty verdict of the offense, guilty of lesser offenses, or not guilty.
Don also talks about sentencing, the sentencing investigation report, and what happens after the sentence is imposed, whether there is a guilty or a not guilty verdict.
Appeals are usually filed within 30 days, and looks at the instructions given to the jury, what evidence was allowed or excluded, and if improper arguments were made by the prosecutor. The evidence may also be looked at, and whether that evidence was sufficient to support a conviction.
Don served as co-counsel in the highly publicized George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case and has extensive experience defending serious felony cases and has successfully tried several self-defense cases involving the use of a firearm in defending against an unlawful attack. After Mr. Zimmerman’s acquittal, Mr. West continued to represent Mr. Zimmerman in the federal civil rights investigation until in 2015 the Department of Justice announced that no charges would be filed.
He holds the prestigious AV Preeminent rating by Martindale Hubbell, a 10.0 rating by Avvo, has been awarded Superlawyer status by Thomson Reuters, Top 100 by National Trial Lawyers, is recognized by Legal Elite, Florida Trend Magazine, Orlando’s Top Lawyers and has been board certified as a criminal trial specialist by the Florida Bar since 1987. In addition, he has held director positions with the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Mr. West has presented around the country to legal organizations, law students and legal professionals on various aspects of the Zimmerman trial, including self defense law, forensic evidence in firearm cases and stand your ground issues. He has appeared on all the major media outlets in connection with the Zimmerman case or other high profile cases he’s handled.
Welcome to The Next Fight!