NYC Judge Says “The Second Amendment Doesn’t Exist Here”


A Brooklyn man, Dexter Taylor, has been convicted on 13 weapons charges, sparking a potential landmark case in the realm of Second Amendment rights. Taylor’s ordeal, originating from his gunsmithing hobby, intersects with the legal landscape shaped by the Bruen ruling of 2022.

MSN reports:

Taylor, a 52-year-old software engineer, found himself embroiled in legal trouble after pursuing gunsmithing as a hobby. The jury convicted him on charges including possession of loaded weapons, possession of firearms, and violations related to firearm parts and ammunition.  Taylor’s fascination with weapon science during the COVID-19 lockdowns led him to explore gunsmithing. However, what started as a personal hobby soon evolved into a legal battle when authorities discovered his lawful acquisition of firearm parts.

During the trial, Taylor’s defense faced significant hurdles, including restrictions on mentioning the Second Amendment. Judge Abena Darkeh’s courtroom atmosphere was characterized by bias against the defendant, hindering the defense’s efforts to present a robust case.  The prosecution painted Taylor as a dangerous individual, leveraging sensationalism to sway the jury. Judge Darkeh’s interruptions and restrictions further compounded the challenges faced by Taylor’s defense, limiting their ability to present a comprehensive defense strategy.

Taylor’s defense explored the possibility of jury nullification, a legal concept allowing juries to acquit defendants based on their disagreement with the law. However, Judge Darkeh discouraged this approach, exerting pressure on the jury to deliver a guilty verdict. Despite the defense’s efforts, the jury returned a guilty verdict on most charges, prompting Taylor’s immediate arrest. With sentencing scheduled for May 13, Taylor faces the prospect of a lengthy prison term, signaling the potential severity of Judge Darkeh’s ruling.

In an interview prior to his conviction, Taylor told RedState:

I found out that you can actually legally buy a receiver and you can machine that receiver to completion, and you buy your parts and you put them together and you’ve got a pistol or a rifle. And once I saw that I was hooked. I was like, ‘This is the coolest thing ever. This is the most cool thing you could possibly do in your machine shop.’

From the beginning of Taylor’s trial, it was evident that the court would be biased against the defendant, according to Varghese, who explained that two judges presided over his case before the current official, Judge Abena Darkeh, took over.

The judge disrupted Varghese’s opening statement multiple times as he tried to set the stage for Taylor’s defense. Even further, she admonished the defense to refrain from mentioning the Second Amendment during the trial. Varghese told RedState:

She told us, ‘Do not bring the Second Amendment into this courtroom. It doesn’t exist here. So you can’t argue Second Amendment. This is New York.’

Varghese said he had filed the appropriate paperwork to “preserve these arguments for appeal” but that the judge “rejected these arguments, and she went out of her way to limit me.”





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