Friday, May 29, 2009
Here we go again: Not sure Oklahoma can stand another gun-toting 'folk hero'
I figured the DA went for first-degree murder so he could have a high point for a plea agreement, and that still might be the case. Because the defense attorney, they say, is a master of negotiations and not know for his courtroom ability.
But now, I think the DA today charged everybody invlolved, including all the people who were IN ON the robbery, with first-degree murder. I don't know what to think!
In fact, once the first robber left the store, the pharmacist had no business chasing him. Self defense applies when your life is in danger; not when you're tearing down the sidewalk after someone.
Throw the book at him. We need to stop making folk heroes out of idiot vigilantes.
I still think the DA filed first-degree with an eye toward a plea. Because unless a jury was put together very carefully, I think jurors would apply the unwritten "He needed killin' " law to their deliberations.
He might get off on a first degree murder charge, but I doubt it. Not with an Oklahoma County jury of his "peers".
If he does, he will not suceed in a wrongful death civil case or survive an appearance in front of a Federal Judge for the kids civil rights violations.
Even in Oklahoma it is against the "rules" to kick a guy when his down and helpless, much less shoot him five times after you went looking for a gun.
Well, no matter what happens in court or in the public. The guy has at least one spirit of the dead who lives with him now.
He was so "cool" about it. Has he done this before?
I think that those are the priciples of most of the civilized world.
Unfortunatly, when it comes to self-defense, our laws have gotten less and less civilized. I think he'll get off scott free.
That is the purpose of the "Stand your ground" laws, to enable these events. They are working. It would seem that a majority of our citizens want it that way.