Watch The Clip Here
The Godfather has got to be one of my favorite movies. While there are too many crimes
to count in the
Godfather movies, there are many you may not think of. For example, in this particular
clip they may be guilty of failing to wear safety belts, murder, criminal
conspiracy to commit murder, disorderly conduct, theft, and criminal conspiracy
to commit theft. I know these scenes did not take place in Texas, but
we are going to examine their actions under Texas law.
Under Texas Penal Code § 545.413 a person has committed a misdemeanor
punishable by a $25 to $50 fine when a person that is (1) at least 15
years of age is (2) riding in the front seat of a passenger vehicle (3)
while the vehicle is being operated and is (4) not secured by a seat belt
(5) where the car is equipped with a seat belt. I see no seatbelts being
clicked in this scene, and as the saying goes "click it or ticket".
However, this particular vehicle may not be equipped with safety belts
which would exempt them from such liability.
One has committed
criminal homicide when he intentionally or knowingly causes the death of an individual.
V.T.C.A., Penal Code § 19.02. I think most would agree that pulling
over with the intent to shoot someone in the head would fall under "intentionally
causing the death of an individual".
As a party to the offense, his accomplices could be held criminally responsible
for the offense of criminal homicide. A person is criminally responsible
under Texas Penal Code § 7.01 and §7.02 for an offense committed
by another if he acts with the intent to promote or assist the commission
of the offense: he solicits, encourages, directs, aids, or attempts to
aid the person to commit the offense.
Urinating in public is a crime under Penal Code § 42.01(a)(12), which
states that a person is guilty of
disorderly conduct when they expose their genitals in public in a reckless manner as to whether
another person who may be offended is present. This would be considered
a Class C misdemeanor.
Under Texas Penal Code § 31.03 a person is guilty of
theft when he unlawful appropriates property with intent to deprive the owner
of property without the owner's consent. This is a Class C misdemeanor
when the value of the property is less than $50. A cannoli may not be
worth much in dollars, but many would consider it very offensive to steal
someone's dessert- especially from a dead man.
Also, under the Texas Transportation Code § 545.305(a)(5), an officer
may remove by way of towing an unattended vehicle that the officer has
reasonable grounds to believe that the vehicle has been abandoned for
longer than 48 hours. And I do believe that vehicle will be sitting there
for at least 48 hours for lack of a lively driver.