A floor is not a weapon. And Mixed Martial Arts fighter James Michael Marohl is not a criminal for slamming a drunk amputee into it. That's the opinion issued by the Washington Supreme Court today as they threw out the felony conviction of Marohl for a 2007 scuffle between him and that guy at the bar who nearly knocked out his friend's wife with a chair.
The incident in question has some fuzzy details, but apparently went down like so: drunk amputee gets cut off at the bar at the Little Creek Casino in Shelton and stumbles out. On the way, he knocks over a chair that nearly hits Marohl's friend's wife. Marohl gets up and grabs the drunk amputee and escorts him to the door. On the way--and depending on whose account one believes--Marohl either chokes out and slams the dude into the ground or the dude trips and falls.
At any rate, drunk guy ends up with scrapes and bruises and a broken prosthetic arm.
Like we mentioned, Marohl is an MMA fighter. He's from Kelso Washington and according to mmawiz.com has an even record of 11-11.
When Marohl was originally convicted, prosecutors argued that he used the casino floor as a weapon.
But the judges on the state's high court weren't buying it. Justice Richard Sanders wrote the opinion, which was backed unanimously.
Per the P-I:
"The impact with the casino floor caused (the victim) to suffer bruises and scrapes on his face, and his prosthetic arm broke off above the elbow joint," Sanders said in the opinion. "Marohl got to his feet and walked away but then returned to try to help (the victim) off the ground... The issue in this case is whether a floor is an instrument or thing likely to produce harm when the defendant causes the victim to impact the ground. The plain meaning of the statute is unambiguous -- under these circumstances, the casino floor was not similar to a weapon, nor was it likely to produce bodily harm.'"
So there you go guys. You can safely fuck up the drunk asshole at the bar or casino, provided you're charged in some obscure way by prosecutors.