The Herald reports on a man intent on robbing a Maverick Square bank who couldn't understand why the doors weren't open at 9 a.m. yesterday.
While it appears that he was up to no good, I'm not persuaded that trying and failing to open a locked door constitutes a robbery attempt, regardless of what he was wearing or carrying in his pockets.
Maybe he was just going to make a legitimate withdrawal of his own money.....in order to purchase a package of naturally processed cigarettes (a no-dye pack).....while en route to a prostate exam.
If I was on this jury I couldn't find the guy guilty.
And I wouldn't need a defense lawyer to get off of this one.
Even if the bank was open, until you hand the note to some one you are not doing any thing illegal.
If I had a note saying I was going to hijack a plane, but wasn't on a plane, how can I be making a threat?
Just stupid silly.
And if you had a note saying you were going to hijack a plane (not that someone would have a note saying that, but let's say you possessed a weapon which wasn't illegal by just possessing it), you think you should just be let go if the cops stop you before you have attempt to hijack that plane?
That is why MA general laws has a whole seperate section on "attempted" crimes.
For the record, I'm not sure of what my vote would be if I were on the jury, as I'd consider the actual allowable evidence.
But it looks to me that he was trying to rob the bank.
And if your airplane analogy isn't perfect, as this guy WAS at the bank, he just didn't enter the door into the lobby. If you had a note like that and were just outside the door of the airplane, you can bet it'd be considered a threat.
He was wearing blue latex gloves and didn't have a wallet, id, or an account at the bank