Law students charged in Vegas bird beheading case

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 27, 2012 at 6:53 pm •  Published: December 27, 2012
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"Eric has an exemplary background and I'm pleased the DA chose to proceed with a misdemeanor," said Schonfeld, whose client faces up to six months in jail if convicted. "It's an acknowledgement that he did not physically harm the bird."

If convicted on all charges, Teixeira could be sentenced to prison time. His attorney did not immediately return a message seeking comment Thursday afternoon.

Criminal charges — especially felonies — can affect a person's future in the legal field. The State Bar of California, for example, requires applicants to demonstrate good moral character.

A statement on the bar's website notes that people convicted of violent felonies or felonies involving moral turpitude "are presumed not to be of good moral character in the absence of a pardon or a showing of overwhelming reform and rehabilitation."

Gina Greisen, the president of Nevada Voters for Animals and an advocate for the state's newly passed, tougher law against animal cruelty, said those potential consequences are appropriate.

"I don't think you should get to be a lawyer if you do something like that," Greisen said. "If you are lucky enough to be a Berkeley law student, you know you have to be above reproach in a lot of ways."

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