Friday, February 24, 2012

If it's intentional, it's not reckless

Lydia Krebs won in State v. O'Rear, No. 99,487 (Kan. Feb. 17, 2012), obtaining reversal of a Wyandotte County aggravated battery conviction.  The KSC held that intentional and reckless aggravated battery are mutually exclusive:
Under the facts of this case, the State failed to establish that O'Rear committed reckless aggravated battery under K.S.A. 21-3414(a)(2)(A) because it did not prove that O'Rear recklessly caused great bodily harm to Jackson with a deadly weapon. Rather, the only evidence was that O'Rear intentionally caused the injury so that Jackson could not engage in a gun battle.
This is a follow up to previous case law that, for example, held that evidence of a completed crime is insufficient to support a conviction for attempt.

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