Bruce James gets small fine for Battery

Bruce James gets small fine for Battery

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Pyro

Beckley, WV

#1 Apr 28, 2010
In the news where Raleigh County Magistrate Steve Massie gave Fire Chief Bruce James a measly fine of $100 and court costs (no jail) for beating a man who was sitting in his car.

Massie used very poor judgment on this one. Favoritism like this won't be tolerated by the voters come election. I'm sure the voters will be reminded of it.
ral county resident

Beckley, WV

#2 Apr 28, 2010
Bruce James is nothing but a trouble maker and in his own mind a bully.

The guy in the car should have pulled out a bat and defended himself.
Earl

Clear Spring, MD

#3 Apr 28, 2010
Massie is a douche bag. This must mean Bruce James is a Republican. Massie sets these outragus bonds like a million dollars to make him look tough on crime. Then when a buddy gets in trouble its the ole boys network to the rescue.
seriously

Elkview, WV

#4 Apr 28, 2010
The prosecutors office made this deal, it didnt go to the court. Try to inform yourself before you spout political bias.
bettery

Beckley, WV

#5 Apr 28, 2010
The laws on battery desperately need to be changes. The fine is always only $50 or $100 and the person is allowed to plea bargain down to battery no matter how bad or how many times they beatr someone. You can beat up an elderly grandma and get fined $50.00 but if you even get caught stealing a pack of gum or even hitting dog or smoking a joint you go to jail and pay a huge fine. It is a shame our world has become so wicked that no value is placed on human life and battery and beating another person is made so trivial and a joke in our so called legal system. There needs to be much stricter fines and punishment for battery and someone who attacks a person. We are not animals and violence should not be rewarded. If people are allowed to go out and beat up someone they do not like or are mad at , everyone would be fighting in the streets all the time. No exceptions should be made in the case of violence and battery. My grandmother was beat up over stupidity and the person paid $50.00 and laughed about it.
Pyro

Beckley, WV

#6 Apr 28, 2010
I promise Steve Massie is working his last stint on taxpayers payroll. We need to get rid of this 2-faced pompas bureaucrat. James should have got a felony malicious wounding and been taken to Mt Olive.
probably true

Beckley, WV

#7 Apr 28, 2010
seriously wrote:
The prosecutors office made this deal, it didnt go to the court. Try to inform yourself before you spout political bias.
this is probably true. Usually outcome of a case is determined before it even goes to Magistrate trial. Would love to see what the outcome would be if it was the mother, wife or child of someone in the prosecutors office that got beat or attacked. Bet it woulodn't be a $50.00 fine and covered up until no one could even recognize the TRUE facts. Shame. just a shame but people capable of violence know that all they will get is a $50.00 fine no matter how many stitches or broken bones are involved.
Wondering

Beckley, WV

#8 Apr 28, 2010
is he not a repeat offender? Is he still the fire chief too? He needs jail time and that chiefs job taken away!
For the record

United States

#9 Apr 28, 2010
I think if you check the records he was arrested twice by the city police in beckley took over 2 years to go to trial on either one the first one was over an incident at k-mart but the city cop who arrested him no longer worked for the city of Beckley and did not show up for the trial. The second case involved the bingo hall at the Raleigh Mall and was dismissed because the cop did an improper arrest becase it was a misdeanmor and he did not see anything that happened. James can not file suit because of the 1 year statute of limations on this type of lawsuit. I bet he is really in an up roar now. But he will probally use some of his connections to get the law changed. How does such a dumb ass get the power he has with certain people. I will not vote for any of his friends I hear he is supporting.
Wondering

Beckley, WV

#10 Apr 29, 2010
I dont blame you there..he gets by waaayyy too much!
John Public

Beaver, WV

#11 Apr 29, 2010
A lard ass turd with severe mental problems. Enough said.
Paty

Beckley, WV

#12 Apr 30, 2010
John Public wrote:
A lard ass turd with severe mental problems. Enough said.
He has been Raleigh County Sherifs dept prison Biotch since he was 12 yrws old. He does nothing!!! what about all the bingo money that went missing??? hush hush now??? he must know something on someone cause he gets by with anything fat as% cow
battery laws

Beckley, WV

#13 May 2, 2010
The sentence for battery needs to be changed. West Virginia is one of the few states where you can be jealous or mad at someone and go out and beat them up and get a $50.00 fine. I mean if I went out and beat up everyone who has gossiped about me or I am jealous of, the fighting would be constant. People need to realize you just can't beat on someone you don't like or have the green eyed monster on your back over. They should at least change the laws to where the person charged and convicted of battery shoud have to pay for the tax payers court costs and to help out with the high health insurance costs, the medical costs. Basically the way the laws are now, you can beat up an elderly grandpa if he looked at you wrong,hire a sneaky lawyer and pay a $50.00 fine. wrong, just wrong. Notice Informed has always stayed away from this subject. How do you feel about this informed. Whatg if this happened to you or your grandfather?
informed citizen

Oak Hill, WV

#14 May 2, 2010
It's up to the magistrate (and I believe we have had discussions -- something about being in the magistrates office and hearing what was going on & the magistrate wouldn't let witnesses talk blah blah blah)

There can be jail sentences also.

§61-2-9. Malicious or unlawful assault; assault; battery; penalties.

(a) If any person maliciously shoot, stab, cut or wound any person, or by any means cause him bodily injury with intent to maim, disfigure, disable or kill, he shall, except where it is otherwise provided, be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall be punished by confinement in the penitentiary not less than two nor more than ten years. If such act be done unlawfully, but not maliciously, with the intent aforesaid, the offender shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall, in the discretion of the court, either be confined in the penitentiary not less than one nor more than five years, or be confined in jail not exceeding twelve months and fined not exceeding five hundred dollars.

(b) Assault.-- If any person unlawfully attempts to commit a violent injury to the person of another or unlawfully commits an act which places another in reasonable apprehension of immediately receiving a violent injury, he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be confined in jail for not more than six months, or fined not more than one hundred dollars, or both such fine and imprisonment.

(c) Battery.-- If any person unlawfully and intentionally makes physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature with the person of another or unlawfully and intentionally causes physical harm to another person, he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be confined in jail for not more than twelve months, or fined not more than five hundred dollars, or both such fine and imprisonment.

(d) Any person convicted of a violation of subsection (b) or (c) of this section who has, in the ten years prior to said conviction, been convicted of a violation of either subsection (b) or (c) of this section where the victim was a current or former spouse, current or former sexual or intimate partner, a person with whom the defendant has a child in common, a person with whom the defendant cohabits or has cohabited, a parent or guardian, the defendant's child or ward or a member of the defendant's household at the time of the offense or convicted of a violation of section twenty-eight of this article or has served a period of pretrial diversion for an alleged violation of subsection (b) or (c) of this section or section twenty-eight of this article when the victim has such present or past relationship shall upon conviction be subject to the penalties set forth in section twenty-eight of this article for a second, third or subsequent criminal act of domestic violence offense, as appropriate.
battery laws

Beckley, WV

#15 May 2, 2010
informed citizen wrote:
It's up to the magistrate (and I believe we have had discussions -- something about being in the magistrates office and hearing what was going on & the magistrate wouldn't let witnesses talk blah blah blah)
There can be jail sentences also.
§61-2-9. Malicious or unlawful assault; assault; battery; penalties.
(a) If any person maliciously shoot, stab, cut or wound any person, or by any means cause him bodily injury with intent to maim, disfigure, disable or kill, he shall, except where it is otherwise provided, be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall be punished by confinement in the penitentiary not less than two nor more than ten years. If such act be done unlawfully, but not maliciously, with the intent aforesaid, the offender shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall, in the discretion of the court, either be confined in the penitentiary not less than one nor more than five years, or be confined in jail not exceeding twelve months and fined not exceeding five hundred dollars.
(b) Assault.-- If any person unlawfully attempts to commit a violent injury to the person of another or unlawfully commits an act which places another in reasonable apprehension of immediately receiving a violent injury, he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be confined in jail for not more than six months, or fined not more than one hundred dollars, or both such fine and imprisonment.
(c) Battery.-- If any person unlawfully and intentionally makes physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature with the person of another or unlawfully and intentionally causes physical harm to another person, he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be confined in jail for not more than twelve months, or fined not more than five hundred dollars, or both such fine and imprisonment.
(d) Any person convicted of a violation of subsection (b) or (c) of this section who has, in the ten years prior to said conviction, been convicted of a violation of either subsection (b) or (c) of this section where the victim was a current or former spouse, current or former sexual or intimate partner, a person with whom the defendant has a child in common, a person with whom the defendant cohabits or has cohabited, a parent or guardian, the defendant's child or ward or a member of the defendant's household at the time of the offense or convicted of a violation of section twenty-eight of this article or has served a period of pretrial diversion for an alleged violation of subsection (b) or (c) of this section or section twenty-eight of this article when the victim has such present or past relationship shall upon conviction be subject to the penalties set forth in section twenty-eight of this article for a second, third or subsequent criminal act of domestic violence offense, as appropriate.
Sorry, you have the wrong person. This is my first discussion on this forum and the only reason I participated was because I saw the name Bruce James mentioned. Must have me mixed up with someone else or just wanting to discredit my comments as I hear you often do to others on here. I won't resort to the childish stuff like the" blah blah blah",however and hope to keep this discussion on track. Again, no ,I have not discussed this before. Just have looked back at your comments and until the "blah, blah, blah, childplay and the false accusations, thought you seemed like an intelligent, well informed, helpful individual who might could shed some light on the small fines that are imposed to criminals who commit battery and beat up people. My mistake, however, thank you for the legal terminology and definitions you copied from a law book. Your mentioning the fine is supposed to be much higher(no higher than five hundred dollars) according to law was very helpful. Keep up the good work. You dedicate a lot of valuable time to this forum,
truth

Beckley, WV

#16 May 2, 2010
Who protects this bully?He,s been in trouble many times.Serious charges one involving a gun.How does he get by?Its cases like this that makes the public lose respect for the legal system.
for the record

Beckley, WV

#17 May 2, 2010
for the record, Informed Citizen is far from "informed". Just overly opinionated and will resort to anything to win her argument. Note how she attempted to appear so intelligent by copying word for word from a legal text. A fifth grader could do better at leat he would have paraphrased.
informed citizen

Oak Hill, WV

#18 May 2, 2010
Hey battery laws, I didn't copy from a law book - the information is from the WV code. And it's funny that you are so informed about "informed", since it's your first discussion, but glad to hear I'm the topic of conversation when you're around your friends. ;-)
informed citizen

Oak Hill, WV

#19 May 2, 2010
for the record wrote:
for the record, Informed Citizen is far from "informed". Just overly opinionated and will resort to anything to win her argument. Note how she attempted to appear so intelligent by copying word for word from a legal text. A fifth grader could do better at leat he would have paraphrased.
Not a legal text - it's the WV code & you sound familiar - are you sure you're not "battery laws".

Why take the time to paraphase laws? What's the matter, do you have trouble reading the actual law?
battery laws

Beckley, WV

#20 May 2, 2010
informed citizen wrote:
Hey battery laws, I didn't copy from a law book - the information is from the WV code. And it's funny that you are so informed about "informed", since it's your first discussion, but glad to hear I'm the topic of conversation when you're around your friends. ;-)
back at ya - Blah Blah Blah - go get some more legal journals, or from what I hear old worn out news articles, and copy from them, blah blah blah, and this is my first and last time on this silly forum, you are welcome to make it the most important part of your miserable life. Would hate to have your life and fulfill it by making this silly forum so important and so time consuming. Myself, I work five days a week, volunteer and help out in the community, work out in my yard, contribute to society, and read book every now and then. Will not post any more comments, do not want to take away from the most important thing in your life.

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