Friday, March 07, 2008

This is why the Castle Doctrine is needed

Judge dismisses burglar’s lawsuit So a guy breaks into your home while you and your family are sleeping and after ignoring your instructions to leave, he heads toward the part of the house where your children are sleeping. What do you do?

The homeowner in question, Dr. Michael Rainiero, shot the goblin in the back. The police said it was completely justified as he was protecting his family. (Original story here.)

But the goof-ball in question decides to sue, and he finds a scum-bag lawyer to file the claim. The judge in the case wasn't buying any of it and dismissed the case.
“There is no doubt that the jury would find for the defendant,” Judge James Welker wrote in his memorandum decision. “In fact, it is likely that the jury would prefer the option of throwing the plaintiff down the steps of the courthouse.”
This case, as the judge noted, was "devoid of merit."

The goof-ball in question is serving 8 years in prison plus four years of "supervision" for burglary and felony criminal damage.

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