Ex-Police Chief Edward Fleury Found Not Guilty in Boy's Uzi Death

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    Ex-Police Chief Edward Fleury Found Not Guilty in Boy's Uzi Death

    As reported by ABCNews:

    Ex-Police Chief Edward Fleury Found Not Guilty in Boy's Uzi Death
    Christopher Bizilj, 8, Died While Firing Uzi Submachine Gun at Weapons Expo

    Jan. 14, 2010

    The former police chief who oversaw the 2008 gun expo where an 8-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the face with an Uzi submachine gun was acquitted today after an emotional trial that featured video playback of the boy's last moments.

    Edward Fleury broke down in tears as the jury announced he was found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter of Christopher Bizilj on their first full day of deliberations at Hampden Superior Court in Massachusetts. Fleury was also cleared of three charges of furnishing machine guns to minors. He could have faced up to 20 years in prison...

    The full story can be found at; http://abcnews.go.com/US/police-chie...ry?id=12615703

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    For the record...I am STUNNED.
    Same here. But I am pleased with the verdict.


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    Nevertheless you can tell quickly by looking at the man that he has been forever changed by the affair.

    I was also stunned. Massachusetts. Former Police Chief. Machine gun. Children. I guess the ninnies up there chose "trust the police" over "guns are bad."
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    Glad he got off. I hear the family has filed a civil suit over their son's death as well. Um, yeah, you don't have enough common sense to just tell your kid 'no' so blame other people when the situation goes bad. Typical...

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    Don't allow your children to do things you are not familar with and know if your child has the experience to do what you are allowing them to do.
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    Well, but this case hinged on the argument that it is inherently dangerous for a young boy to shoot an UZI, and that the Chief was negligent for allowing this to take place.

    Yet, the boy's father and legal guardian was present during the entire event, and was OK with his son shooting the Uzi.

    So who was more legally responsible for the boy shooting the Uzi? His father, or the Police Chief?

    If one argues that the Police Chief must go to prison, then I think that you also then have to say that the father needs jail time too.

    But in reality, I think that both men have suffered enough over this incident.


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    From the article::

    "We are eternally grateful to [the jury] for giving Mr. Fleury back his life," said his defense lawyer Rosemary Curran Scapicchio. "He had been pretty stoic throughout the trial, it was such an emotional relief that it was over."

    During the trial,Scapicchio argued that Christopher's father bore some responsibility for the boy's death for allowing, even insisting, that Christopher be allowed to shoot the powerful automatic weapon.

    Prosecutors said they didn't charge Charles Bizilj because people who should have known that firing the gun was too dangerous had informed his decision to let his son fire the Uzi. As prosecutor William Bennett left the court house today he added that he didn't charge Bizilj because, "I thought he was punished enough."

    I am glad the chief was acquitted. This was a tragic event. Shamefully Politicized by a prosecuting attorney. If anyone was at fault it was the child's father, who ignored warnings that the gun was to much fort he boy. Even the headline hungry Prosecutor acknowledged the family had suffered enough. Bennett seemed like he was using his office to push a political agenda.

    They most definitely needed to have an age/weight limit of some kind in place, but Me Myself and I, were it my child, there is no way in H.E. Double Hockey Sticks that they would have even been considered to fire the weapon.Were the organizers stupid in that regard???

    I dunno.??
    Everyone involved was horribly forever affected by what happened that day.

    Now they say according to the article that the two men who own the co. that supplied the firearm are going to trial for essentially the same thing.

    From article:

    Carl Guiffre of Hartford, Conn, and Domenico Spano of New Milford, Conn., supplied the guns for the expo. Both men are charged with involuntary manslaughter for their role in Christopher's death and they await trial

    This is the equivalent to charging the car salesman who sells a car to someone , and then that someone goes out and hit and kills someone with said car, and then holding the salesman responsible.

    Whenever most lawyers/Prosecuting Attorneys get involved, it usually goes to hell-in-a-hand basket rather quickly.

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