On November 26, 2022, the police arrested a suspect for stealing a bus and attacking the driver. Let’s explore the details of the news with Ehline Law and our personal injury attorneys.
On November 25, 2022, at around 8 PM, the hijacking happened near Cortland and Mission streets when a 36-year-old suspect, Rickey Rene Dancy, boarded an empty Muni bus in San Francisco.
The suspect assaulted the bus driver and stole the bus.
After the suspect assaulted the driver, the suspect drove the hijacked Muni bus to the 19th and Guerrero streets.
While hijacking the Muni bus in San Francisco near Mission street on Friday night and driving to 19th and Guerrero streets, the suspect struck multiple vehicles along the way. As the bus came to a halt, the San Francisco police officers arrested the suspect driver.
An ambulance arrived to take the bus driver and another vehicle’s driver who suffered injuries to a nearby hospital for medical treatment on Friday night.
Rickey Rene Dancy faces 17 criminal charges, including carjacking, hit-and-run driving, assault with a deadly weapon, and DUI causing injury. The suspect is in San Francisco County Jail after the incident occurred where he struck multiple vehicles following the hijacking of the Muni bus in San Francisco’s mission district.
A San Francisco district attorney elected to represent the state in criminal judicial proceedings must prosecute the case and prove that the suspect arrested was guilty beyond reasonable doubt of the charges levied against them.
The district attorney must find sufficient evidence to prove the charges against Rene Dancy for hijacking the Muni bus in San Francisco’s Mission District to incarcerate him.
Lack of evidence or inability to meet the burden of proof standard for some criminal charges could affect the sentence.
Although it is the district attorney’s responsibility to deliver justice, at times, when there isn’t sufficient evidence to prove a criminal charge, prosecutors have an ethical duty to dismiss it.
The burden of proof in criminal cases is much higher than in civil cases, which is why it is challenging to prosecute them. There are criminal cases where the prosecutor failed to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, but the same case tried in civil courts succeeded.
For example, the prosecutors failed to prove that OJ Simpson was beyond a reasonable doubt guilty of the murders, but in civil courts, the attorneys successfully proved that OJ Simpson was liable for the wrongful deaths due to a lower burden of proof.
Failing to prosecute criminal cases and refusing to jail criminals is not grounds to sue a district attorney. Even if there is sufficient evidence of unethical practices by the district attorney, one cannot sue them as they have immunity from civil liability.
It is unheard of for district attorneys to face criminal challenges for their decisions in criminal courts. If they fail to follow the ethics and the standards other lawyers follow, the Bar Association can reprimand, suspend, or disbar the district attorney.
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Michael is a managing partner at the nationwide Ehline Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC. He’s an inactive Marine and became a lawyer in the California State Bar Law Office Study Program, later receiving his J.D. from UWLA School of Law. Michael has won some of the world’s largest motorcycle accident settlements.