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PittsburghFrank
08-17-2010, 12:10
Hi Mas,
I am interested in knowing your opinion about the use of 9mm Corbon DPX versus Gold Dot 124 +P as related to evidence at a jury trial from a shooting.

The Gold Dot is made with a more standard material of lead, and is used much more commonly than the DPX.

With the DPX having a different technology (all copper bullet), in your opinion, would there be any problems with a jury’s perception of it being a “man killer.” Put another way, would there be any increase of risks with a jury by carrying a gun loaded with DPX over the more standard Gold Dot?

Thanks in advance for your comments.

Mas Ayoob
08-17-2010, 13:54
Frank, juries only get taken in by "Extra Deadly Gun" and "Extra Deadly Bullet" arguments are not effectively rebutted by the defense. I imagine any competent expert witness could explain the rationale of the DPX and why it is safer for bystanders, etc, just as they would for the Gold Dot. It's when it is not explained that the argument tends to sway juries untutored in such things. Do a search on GT for the many discussions of how this impacted the trial jury in the Harold Fish case.

best,
Mas