What was the strategy of agreeing to have the case heard by a judge instead of a jury trial? Usually, that happens when the facts are so clear as to be assured of an acquittal. They seemed clear, but the judge found him guilty on all counts.
A judge found Michael Strickland, 37, guilty Friday on ten counts of unlawful use of a firearm, 10 counts of menacing and the charge of disorderly conduct.
Strickland was arrested during a rally in downtown Portland on July 7, 2016.
He identified himself as a journalist filming the event for YouTube. He told FOX 12 that he was threatened and shoved by marchers who also used their flagstaffs as weapons against him, so he drew his gun.
No shots were fired.
“I feared for my life because I was outnumbered and they had weapons,” Strickland said in July 2016.