Bodie loses appeal, to be sentenced Friday Aug 17
Posted in the Winnfield Forum
#1 Aug 16, 2012
On July 13, 2012, the United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana (Shreveport Division) denied an instant motion for judgment of acquittal by former Winn Parish Sheriff Bodie Little.
In the case labeled United States vs. Albert Little, Magistrate Judge Hornsby and the Court stated:After a thorough review of the parties submissions and the record, the Court remains convinced that the jurys verdict on each count is supported by the evidence. Accordingly, Littles motion is denied.
According to the report, the standard for evaluating a defendants motion for acquittal is whether after viewing the evidence in the light more favorable to the prosecution, any rational trier of fact could have found the essential elements of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.
Considering the fact that the jury that convicted Little did not receive a credibility file, the Court did not weigh the evidence or assess the credibility of the witnesses who testified against Little. Instead, the Court determined only whether the jury made a rational decision, not whether its verdict was correct on the issue of guilt or innocence.
However, the verdict reached by the jury may not rest on mere suspicion, speculation, or conjecture, or on an overly attenuated piling of inference on inference. If the evidence is relatively balanced, a reasonable juror could not convict beyond a reasonable doubt.
The main argument filed by Little in his appeal was that this event could be construed as his attempt to draw a known drug dealer into Winn Parish where he ultimately could effect an arrest, presumably for future wrongdoing. This would bolster his defense at trial that he was conducting his own drug investigation all along, rather than lending law enforcement support to a known drug dealer. Both the jury and the Court rejected this argument.
The case filed concludes with:After a careful and through review of the record, the Court finds that there was substantial evidence from which a rational jury could conclude beyond a reasonable doubt that Little was guilty on Counts One, Five, Seven, and Eleven. Accordingly, it is ordered that the motion for judgment of acquittal be and is hereby denied.
Sentencing for Little is set to take place on Friday, August 17 at the Caddo Parish Courthouse.
Read more: Winn Parish Enterprise - Appeals filed by former sheriff denied sentencing to be held on August 17
#2 Aug 16, 2012
Po boddie. criminals got em,,,just when he had em surrounded...had the goods on em, ready to pounce...then....
#3 Aug 17, 2012
Has anyone from Winfield gone to Shreveport for the sentencing that will call back when the sentence is handed down? Anybody know the time scheduled for the verdict?
#4 Aug 17, 2012
Verdict is guilty.
According to the Shreveport Times and The Town Talk he got 13 years 4 months in prison (15yrs minus what he has already served) and after that 3 years supervised release .
This is what is on several of the newspaper websites.
#5 Aug 17, 2012
Not my Fault.
#6 Aug 17, 2012
Ha HA , how many times did we hear that??
#7 Aug 17, 2012
I understand he actually tried to blame Buddy Jordan one last time. Before the lady judge lowered the boom on him.
#8 Aug 18, 2012
If true that is sooo wrong... Why try to blame (a) man who a can't defend himself and (b) who had absolutely nothing to do with it....
Buddy Jordan needs to be left out of this .... Mr. Buddy was a outstanding man who did his job well and followed the rules that he expected everyone else to follow.
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