Students in Criminal Appeals Clinic Get Case Reversal

On October 17, 2013, the Mississippi Supreme Court reversed the case of Rodrique Deshaun Watson v. State.  Student lawyers Ben C. Lewis and Laci McCullough Bonner (Class of 2013) wrote the brief of the Appellant.  The case was reversed on the grounds that the jury was mistakenly instructed that an open garage constitutes a “constructive breaking” in violation of the Court’s interpretation of the burglary statute.  “The Ladd court overruled its previous holding in Chaney, stating that the case was “wrongly decided.” Because the jury was improperly instructed on the requirements for satisfying the “breaking” element of burglary of a dwelling, a new trial was requested.

Link to opinion:http://courts.ms.gov/Images/HDList/..%5COpinions%5CCO87041.pdf