On Monday, March 6, 2017,
Attorney Joseph Tamburino was featured on
WCCO-TV (CBS Minnesota affiliate news outlet), discussing the pending case of
Diamond Reynolds, 27. She and two other women face felony charges in Ramsey
District Court, derived from an assault where a woman was beaten with
a hammer last week.
Reynolds is known as the woman who live-streamed the aftermath of the
PhilandoCastile shooting. Ramsey County District Judge Thomas Gilligan, Jr. said the charges Reynolds
faces are serious.
According to the criminal complaint, Reynolds and two other women are accused
of attacking another woman, with Reynolds striking her with a dangerous
weapon. The case is currently being handled by the Washington County Attorney’s
Office since a conflict of interest may be present with Ramsey County’s
criminal case against St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez, who shot
and killed Castile during that traffic stop.
“Everything in that case that was on video is on video, so it speaks
for itself,” commented Attorney Tamburino about the Castile shooting.
“But whatever happened before that video was turned on comes down
to two people: the officer and Ms. Reynolds.”
Minneapolis criminal defense lawyer is
not connected with this case. He informs WCCO-TV that Reynolds’ current case may
affect the outcome of the Yanez case.
“If Ms. Reynolds is convicted by the time of officer Yanez’s
trial, she could be what’s called ‘impeached as a witness’
with her felony conviction,” said Tamburino. “Impeachment
means that you call into question the witness’ credibility.”
However, if Reynolds is not convicted, Tamburino says the defense cannot
challenge her testimony.
“So if she’s not convicted by the time of the trial, they can’t
use it. If she is convicted, they will use it, the defense.”
Reynolds requested to be released without bail, stating she needed to help
her five-year-old daughter, who also witnessed the Castile shooting. In
the end, the judge set bail at $40,000.
Reynolds’ attorney Michael Padden stated that his client has no involvement
with the assault. Her next court appearance is set for April 3rd.
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