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This case and last week's verdict in the case where the Detroit gas station employee shot a customer IN THE BACK as he was leaving the store just goes to show you what the life of a black man is worth. Judge Michael Hathaway granted a directed verdict to dismiss the jury's conviction on 1st degree homicide and sentenced him on the lesser charge of manslaughter. Two years. Two years for getting so p-ssed off at someone messing up your potato chip display that you pull out a gun and shoot him in the back. Disgusting.
Prosecutor: Judge wasn't impartial in burglar shooting case
DETROIT (WXYZ)- The Wayne County Prosecutor is trying to disqualify a judge who declared a mistrial in a controversial case last week. Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Elizabeth Walker filed a motion to disqualify Judge Michael Hathaway in the Tigh Croff case.
Croff was charged with Second Degree Murder after police say he chased down a man who was breaking into his home. Croff shot 53 year old Herbert Silas last December. Croff told police it was the third time his home had been broken into that week.
The trial shone a spotlight on the concept of vigilantes, as Detroit residents struggle with crime. When the case went to the jury, the judge granted a motion to reduce the Second Degree Murder charge to Manslaughter. The jurors deadlocked 6-6, and Judge Hathaway declared a mistrial.
The prosecution promised to take Croff to trial again. Now Asst. Prosecutor Walker is saying the “case should have been allowed to go to the jury on Murder 2 but this court took that option from the jury because he decided to act as the 13th juror and imposed his own view of the facts on the case.” In her motion, Walker says Judge Hathaway “failed to respect and observe the law” as required by the judicial Canons.
Croff’s defense attorney, Gerald Evelyn, and the prosecution will be discussing the motion to have Judge Hathaway disqualified at a hearing on August