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The guy who smashed the bus window in San Francisco pleads not guilty

Nov 6, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

Bus smash

You know that guy, Gregory Graniss, who smashed the bus window after the Giants won the World Series?  Oh, I’m sorry ALLEGEDLY smashed the bus window?  Yeah, he pleaded not guilty.

Which seems like a stretch given the photographic and video evidence showing him, you know, smashing the bus. But despite the plea, it’s not like he and his lawyers are denying reality here:

“The San Francisco Giants’ victory was amazing, and it really brought out the best in San Francisco and, unfortunately, the worst in Gregory,” his attorney, Doug Rappaport, said outside court. Graniss stood next to him holding his mother’s hand, his lips trembling. “He is very ashamed of his actions and very, very sorry. And now he’s going to set an example by making amends, and he only hopes that San Franciscans will find it in their hearts to forgive him.”

Obviously they just want to make a deal and negotiate the charges down some. Not that that will be easy, given that the D.A.’s statements suggest that an example is going to be made out of Mr. Graniss.  A pretty righteous example, if you ask me, but an example all the same.

  1. phillyphan93 - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    San Fran, making Philly fans look better and better….

  2. vallewho - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:10 PM

  3. Caught Looking - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Allegedly? Even his lawyer conceded his guilt.

    • heyblueyoustink - Nov 6, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      Yup, then again, it is California, stranger acquitals have happened?

  4. mdpickles - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    I think this guy has a case here. The photo just shows him holding a barricade. Now, if there was a video of him smashing the window, it would different. I think he beats it.

    • Caught Looking - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:25 PM

      “Graniss’ alleged actions during the Giants riot were also caught on video, and Assistant District Attorney Lindsay Hoopes said the footage may result in more charges being filed against him.”

      Off with his head!

      • Francisco (FC) - Nov 6, 2012 at 3:20 PM

        Ah, but if he uses the Chewbacca Defense, all bets are off!

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 6, 2012 at 6:42 PM

        Off with his head might be a little too strict, and of dubious value since he’s not shown evidence it is of paramount use to him. I vote for a year or two emptying bedpans in a VA hospital, so he can meet some folks who helped defend his right to party.

      • badintent - Nov 6, 2012 at 9:01 PM

        Drop him over the fence of the polar bears in the Bronx Zoo. Our prayers and thoughts go out to the family of the baby that was killed by the dogs doing what they do in the wild. Zoos should not have these wild animals that are used to roaming hundreds a miles a week in the wild.

    • bjbeliever - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:30 PM

      well given the way gravity works, unless he’s got superhuman wrist strength I think the photo might also be evidence he is in the act of swinging that barricade as well

      • mdpickles - Nov 6, 2012 at 2:00 PM

        That’s all speculation! He may or may not have superhuman wrist strength. He may or may not have been swinging the barricade.

        Side note: Sarcasm meters broken today?

      • Francisco (FC) - Nov 6, 2012 at 3:18 PM

        Yup. Very broken. I recommend using Cur’s patented Sarcasm font.

    • phalvorson - Nov 6, 2012 at 2:12 PM

      It’s obviously self-defense on his part. A deranged Tigers fan got inside the bus, started it up, and was getting ready to run him over. His only choice was to pick up that barricade and smash the front window before any of that could happen. Notice too that his footwork suggests he’s bracing himself for impact in case the bus starts moving forward, and is using the barricade to hold the bus back. Not guilty.

    • spoonability - Nov 6, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      It looks like he was just trying to break out the windshield so the bus could be driveable again. I mean, you clearly can’t see anything through the broken glass.

  5. historiophiliac - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    You put these up just to make me crazy, don’t you Craig? Fine. Everyone get on your high horse about destruction of property and civilized behavior. I’m going back to the political posts. I want to see Marty troll WillClarkangrypants again!

  6. kkolchak - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    “…he only hopes that San Franciscans will find it in their hearts to forgive him.”

    Well, a $700,000 check to cover the cost of the bus would be a good start.

  7. bigharold - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    I don’t understand the notion of making an example out of this one guy. I don’t think he hurt anybody in this particular incident. I’m not defending his actions in the least nor am I trying to rationalize them either. It’s that he wasn’t the only jackass out there acting the fool. A Prosecutor stating he going to make an example out of somebody seems more retribution than justice.

    Between what his lawyer is going to cost him, fines, probation and community service not to mention being known as the moron that ended up as the poster boy for ass hat sports fans everywhere should suffice. Besides, every time you read about California prisons it has something to do with who they are letting out because they are over crowed. The bottom line is if he hasn’t been in trouble before, he didn’t hurt anybody here his punishment should fit the crime, .. meaning he should be meant to PAY for his transgressions with $$. Then those punishments should be broadcast far and wide so other moronic and or drunken ass hats will have something to consider so that they might refrain from using mayhem as a celebratory form of expression Sticking his dumb ass in jail only makes him a burden of the rest of us.

    • bigharold - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:40 PM

      “Between what his lawyer is going to cost him, fines, probation and community service …”

      I left out restitution for the damage. Wait till he sees what it cost to fix bus windows.

    • mojosmagic - Nov 6, 2012 at 6:45 PM

      So if a bunch of people commit crimes it is OK for you to commit crimes? Safety in numbers. That makes sense. If you are a total imbecile.

      • badintent - Nov 6, 2012 at 9:06 PM

        We had over 200 cases for public destruction and theft in Vancouver for the Hockey riots ! The DA dropped 100 cases even though they had thousands of cell phone photos and videos. No one has been convicted yet. A joke by the Moosehead justice system. Time to make Hockeyland part of the States !

      • bigharold - Nov 7, 2012 at 2:31 AM

        “So if a bunch of people commit crimes it is OK for you to commit crimes?”

        I didn’t say that or anything like that, .. did you read what I said?

        The point is that if he has no record and didn’t hurt any all we’re talking about here is property crime. It would not only be imbecilic to burden the tax payer and and already over crowded jail system it would be counter productive. Moreover, it flies in the face of pragmatic jurisprudence. A good DA doesn’t go out of his way to publicly hang one guy, .. unless he’s looking to get reelected and that isn’t justice. Now, had the DA said he was going to make an example out of ALL those arrested for this bit of mayhem that that would seem more evenhanded but he didn’t, .. Why? Because had he went out of his way to throw the book at EVERYONE of them his office would be back logged for years and he’d be wasting jail pace better used for more deserving hoodlums.

        If all we’re talking about is a first time offender and property crime, fine him, put him on probation, make him do community service, take anger management and perhaps alcohol counseling AND pay for what he broke. Then make a big deal of the end cost in hopes of deterring the next clown. If that doesn’t do it putting this clown in jail won’t deter the next guy either. This way he pays for his crime without completely wrecking his life, the City gets their bus whole again and the the tax payer isn’t worse for the some DA looking to grandstand so that he can get reelected. Putting the screws to him to make a point would be appropriate only if one were an imbecile.

  8. deathmonkey41 - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    If the glove don’t fit, you must acquit!

  9. loungefly74 - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    cost of damages…200 hours of community service…NEXT!

    • nolanwiffle - Nov 6, 2012 at 3:24 PM

      plus……for eight months this guy checks into county lock-up at 6:00 PM on Friday and is released every Sunday at 6:00 PM. Make it hurt a little.

  10. randygnyc - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Ah, San Francisco. Don’t expect mercy after damaging the “governments” property. Leniency is only given when the violence is directed at human beings.

    • djpostl - Nov 6, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      You’re confusing San Fran with LA.

  11. zzalapski - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    At first reading of the headline, I thought he was going to use the “evil twin” defense.

  12. willclarkgameface - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    It’s this kind of byproduct shit I don’t get about sports…the looting and rioting and destruction…

    It makes you really think about why you watch games and realize that there is really no good answer. This guy is a douche for busting the window of a city bus and I hope they make him repair bus windows for 15 years.

    • roverboy1949 - Nov 6, 2012 at 2:20 PM

      your team wins – you riot because you’re happy. you team loses – you riot because you’re sad. go figure!

      • Old Gator - Nov 6, 2012 at 2:23 PM

        Got your beanbag gun handy, gameface?

        Boston cops suck.

      • willclarkgameface - Nov 6, 2012 at 3:07 PM

        Boston cops do suck.

        But not as bad as Florida baseball.

      • jason9696 - Nov 6, 2012 at 4:26 PM

        Same goes with drinking.

  13. sabatimus - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    I thought pleading guilty would mean better leverage for a plea bargain?

  14. lew24 - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    The photo to me looks like he is removing it from bus windshield not trying to break it! LOL…seems like a reasonable explanation to me!

  15. Gobias Industries - Nov 6, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    “Graniss stood next to him holding his mother’s hand, his lips trembling.”

    Thug Life.

  16. roverboy1949 - Nov 6, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    everyone’s very, very sorry…when they get caught.

    • sabatimus - Nov 6, 2012 at 3:05 PM

      c.f. Melky.

  17. greatdayfortwo - Nov 6, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Tax payers should be outraged.

  18. tfbuckfutter - Nov 6, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    “Nah, that ain’t me” worked for R. Kelly.

    At least the guy isn’t peeing on the bus.

  19. nomoreseasontix - Nov 6, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    How long does it take to work off $700,000.00 cleaning vomit out of Muni buses at $8.50/hr ?

    • albertmn - Nov 6, 2012 at 6:31 PM

      Only about 82,350 hours, or roughly 39 1/2 years if you worked at it 40 hours a week with no time off.

  20. Stiller43 - Nov 6, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    To his defense, it looks like a windshield, not a window…i dont see any photos of him smashing a windo.

  21. imaduffer - Nov 6, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Make him go to a Raiders game with a Forty Niners jersey on.

  22. mojosmagic - Nov 6, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    I am an attorney and one can see clearly that Mr. Grannis was trying to help stop the bus which had lost its breaking system. He found the nearest object available to him to help slow down the bus. Mr. Grannis is a hero who risked his life to save people on the bus.

  23. jburrell4 - Nov 6, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Back to referencing the hilarious twitter comments…
    Real mutha fk-in’ Gs! Skinny jeans 4 life! Hopefully he didn’t spend too much time in county. And hopefully he didn’t tell the homies what he was in for. Also, love the comment about making him repair bus windows for 15 years….

  24. trickybastard - Nov 6, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Giants & 49ers fans are low lifes.

    Raiders fans

  25. snowbirdgothic - Nov 7, 2012 at 3:47 AM

    Exactly how much beer do you have to drink to decide that the best possible thing you could do is imitate Ookla the Mok on camera?

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