A PHILADELPHIA JUDGE said Wednesday he was convinced that a disabled, retired Marine was being attacked in the moments before he fatally stabbed a man last October, but he concluded that the stabbing was still a criminal act rather than self-defense.
Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner then convicted Jonathan Lowe, 57, of voluntary manslaughter and possession of an instrument of crime. The judge found him not guilty of the more-serious charges of first- and third-degree murder.
"Possession of an instrument of crime," also know as just having a knife on you. How can that be a charge unless they can prove he was carrying the knife with the intent to commit a crime?
Does anyone know why this trial didn't have a jury? It seems that this exactly the kind of case that would require a jury.
Also, the judge is using witness who said they couldn't see something to convict the victim. How does that work?