- A grand jury decided not to indict Joe Horn for shooting and killing two men burglarizing his neighbor’s home with his shotgun. Before confronting the men with his shotgun Horn had called 911, the police had not arrived and the men were leaving with a bag full of valuables. Harris County Assistant District Attorney Warren Diepraam commented “In most situations, calling 911 is the best remedy, not calling out for your 9-millimeter.” I guess it’s a good thing Horn decided to use his shotgun then, Warren.
- It’s becoming more common for judges to bar the use of words like “victim,” “rape,” ‘murder,” and “crime” from criminal trials. While it makes sense to require the professionals – the lawyers, police officers, experts – to use nonprejudicial words, they’re taking it a step further. Victims of rape are being expected to refer to the act of rape as “sexual intercourse.” In the recent controversial case one smart U.S. District Court Judge, Richard Kopf, wrote:
there is something profoundly disturbing about a judge telling a citizen that she cannot say she was raped when testifying as a victim in a criminal case, particularly when the victim is presumably trying to do nothing more than describe what happened to her. This brings to mind the blue burkas of a distant place.
- Good news for liberals who typically support the right to die and are aghast at the Supreme Court’s recent decision upholding gun rights. The Court really is on your side. The CDC reported that 55% of gun deaths in 2005 were suicides. The Heller decision probably did more for the right to die in one fell swoop than 100 Jack Kevorkians.
- Much has been made of the fact that Osama bin Laden hasn’t been caught. Less has been said about the fact that the Bush administration has caught the planner of the abortive Bojinka plot from 1995 who evaded the Clinton administration for 5 years and went on to orchestrate the 9/11 attacks. Now, the Bush administration has filed charges against another Clinton era terrorist that was caught during the Bush administration – a planner of the USS Cole bombing, Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri. Nashiri has been in custody since 2002, enjoyed the hospitality of Camp Delta and the recreational watersports of the CIA. Next, let’s give him a fair trial and then hang him.
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