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Thu Feb 19, 2015, 05:35 PM

Judge refuses to throw out criminal charges against Orlando cop -- sovereign immunity claimed

A judge Thursday refused to throw out criminal charges against an Orlando police officer accused of needlessly firing 23 shots at the driver of a car headed his way in a downtown parking garage.

David Johnston, 25, of Ocoee, a two-year department veteran, is charged with shooting into an occupied vehicle and discharging a gun in public.

He says he's not guilty.

He was not in the courtroom for Thursday's hearing but was in the Orange County Courthouse.
David Johnston faced split-second decision, says attorney

Following an failed attempt to have criminal charges dismissed, defense attorney David Bigney says his client David Johnston was faced with making a split-second decision.

Defense attorney David Bigney asked Circuit Judge Wayne Wooten to dismiss the case, arguing that because Johnston fired the shots in the course of his duty, he should be given sovereign immunity.


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Nuclear Unicorn Feb 2015 #1

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Thu Feb 19, 2015, 06:47 PM

1. God help us if some future case finds a sympathetic judge to set a precedent. nt

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