Law Center - POSTED: 2015/04/23 11:20
It's a court decision that required knowledge of both law and grammar.
In a decision Tuesday, a divided state Appeals Court ordered a new trial for a former High Point University student who had a Ruger pistol and three knives in a car she parked on campus.
Judges said the trial court should have told the jury to consider whether prosecutors proved Anna Laura Huckelba was knowingly on educational property at the time.
The judges said they were ruling for the first time on whether the word "knowingly" in the law modifies both possessing weapons and being on educational property. In a 2-1 decision, the majority said it does.
Huckelba received suspended sentences when she was found guilty of three misdemeanors and one felony in October 2013.