Charles Weisselberg and Franklin Zimring Expect D.A. to File Criminal Charges in BART Shooting

The Mercury News, January 14, 2009 by Tammerlin Drummond

“You charge for the top crime it could be,” says Franklin Zimring, a professor at UC Berkeley’s Boalt Law School, who specializes in criminal law. That top crime, he says, would be second-degree murder — which automatically includes the lesser possibilities of voluntary or involuntary manslaughter.

But if that were to be the case, says Charles Weisselberg, a criminal procedure expert at Boalt Law, “he will want to think carefully about how to state that to members of the public.”