#1 By: Cory Doctorow, September 5th, 2013 14:38
#2 By: Tim, September 5th, 2013 14:41
So it was Texas-style barbeque then.
#3 By: Geth, September 5th, 2013 14:52
BRB - I have a list of people I have to go preemptively shoot. You can't be too safe, after all.
#4 By: IMB, September 5th, 2013 15:01
As dumb as it sounds, it's Florida after all, so he'll probably be acquitted.
#5 By: Neil Mcconnell, September 5th, 2013 15:08
Honestly not sure if this guy genuinely misunderstands self defense, or if it's just a case of mental illness manifesting according to its context.
Or if his lawyer is just experimenting with a novel defense and the perpetrator hadn't thought about it at all prior to the attack.
#6 By: William_Holz, September 5th, 2013 15:42
Egads, is he trying to munchkin the law?
Is that all the law is? A really bad role playing game with occasional poorly thought out supplements?
#7 By: CSBD, September 5th, 2013 15:44
First off, I am not condoning what this guy did.
I think the main lesson here is to not antagonize the crazy neighbor by reportedly saying "we are going to get him and his family".
#8 By: cservant, September 5th, 2013 15:50
This took longer to happen then expected.
What? You didn't expect someone would use this same stupid argument?
#9 By: William_Holz, September 5th, 2013 15:50
Yeah, it's good to know in advance not to reportedly say something. Prevents a lot of confusion!
#10 By: William_Holz, September 5th, 2013 15:53
Yeah, the guys at the D&D Character Optimization forum would've powergamed this years ago, right?
#11 By: Kango Ru Foo, September 5th, 2013 16:01
How close are we to legalizing murder?
#12 By: rincewind, September 5th, 2013 16:03
#13 By: William_Holz, September 5th, 2013 16:20
We did that years ago.
Apparently it's totally cool for our government to murder people by the the thousands if they're from somewhere funny-sounding.
The argument's just now being used on our own citizens.
#14 By: Stefan Jones, September 5th, 2013 16:39
No . . . FIVE YEARS OF CONE OF SHAME! Interrupting a BBQ is plain unneighbourly, after all!
#15 By: greggman, September 5th, 2013 16:41
I know it's wishful thinking but it sure would be nice if this example made it up the legal system until it applied to the government as no longer a valid excuse.
#16 By: jhritz, September 5th, 2013 16:51
The nature of the original dispute (duct tape??) and the series of police interventions is still unclear. For whatever reason, the police and the courts were aware of the conflict and weren't able to provide a remedy that de-escalated the situation. There doesn't seem to be anything online about the court appearance(s). Very puzzling.
#17 By: Jeff Atwood, September 5th, 2013 17:33
Wow there are a crazy number of clickthroughs to get to the source article:
- Lowering the Bar (blog)
- The Raw Story (aggregator)
Florida Today (original source)
#18 By: Daemonworks, September 5th, 2013 19:18
#19 By: Stu, September 5th, 2013 19:27
Sorry to be OT here, but I just discovered another reason to say, "All Hail Dean!" Posts now display the full date -- including year. Huzzah! As someone who carped about this a few months ago, figured I owed it to ya to express joy/thanx, So, thanks! (Now, how long has this been going on? Or, to rephrase, how long have I been asleep?)
On-topic: a very wat?-worthy story, but as someone who's had to employ a lawyer or two over the years, I can certainly appreciate this mug's attorney doing the whole zealous representation thing.
#20 By: Steven Bach, September 5th, 2013 19:41
I remember as a kid reading an Andy Capp cartoon that ended with him explaining to the cop "I thought he was going to hit me so I hit him back first."
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