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Legal definition of 'depraved mind' weighs as factor in potential appeal by Noor


David Joles – Star Tribune

Was Mohamed Noor, left, "a scared cop," or did he show "depraved mind" in the Damond case?

As former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor awaits sentencing next month for the fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, one of the verdicts against him has come into question by legal observers - a third-degree murder conviction that carries a sentence of more than a decade.

It's a charge not often leveled in Hennepin County and is generally reserved for defendants who supply drugs resulting in overdose deaths. The charge's definition as applied to Noor is also rare: that he caused Damond's death "by perpetuating an act eminently dangerous to others and evincing a depraved mind." Veteran Twin Cities lawyers say that conviction provides the most obvious target for a successful appeal by Noor.


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