Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Jerry Brown Will Fight for Body Armor Ban

By Chris Thompson
Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 7:35 AM

Jerry Brown, the former mayor of Oakland who seems to have this new gig called Attorney General or something, has declared that his office will ask the state Supreme Court to review and possibly overturn an appellate court decision ending the ban on violent felons possessing body armor. A lower court ruled that the ban, which was enacted by the state legislature in 1998, was unconstitutionally vague in its definition of what constituted body armor. The court's decision came in the case of Ethan Saleem, who was on parole after doing time for manslaughter and was found wearing a ten-pound bulletproof vest. Police groups have hailed Brown's move, which will be formally filed in January.

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