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  • Archaeologists discover secret tunnel in ancient Hittite castle

    10/21/2015 1:33:31 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    The Week ^ | October 19, 2015 | Jeva Lange, Hurriyet Daily News
    The excavation of a mountain castle in central Turkey has revealed a secret tunnel, built by the Hittites around 4,000 years ago. Geval Castle, on Takkel Mountain in Central Anatolia, sits over 5,500 feet above sea level and once offered a strategic 360-degree vantage point for a population that regularly faced assaults from the Egyptians, Assyrians, and Thracians throughout their history. As a result, Hittites were master underground builders, although the exciting discoveries at Takkel Mountain appear to be the first of their kind. "We have discovered secret tunnels in the castle. We have cleaned there and revealed a [328-foot...
  • Iowa Supreme Court affirms right to be drunk on front porch

    06/12/2015 12:11:04 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 42 replies
    KAKE.com ^ | 06/12/2015 | KAKE.com
    The Iowa Supreme Court has affirmed the right to be drunk on your front porch. The court ruled Friday in the case of Patience Paye, who appealed her 2013 public intoxication conviction. Paye called police after fighting with her boyfriend and met officers on the front porch of her Waterloo home. While investigating the domestic assault complaint an officer questioned Paye about whether she'd been drinking. A test revealed her blood alcohol concentration at 0.267 percent, more than three times the amount considered drunk for driving. She was charged and convicted. But she appealed, saying her front porch isn't a...
  • Two Florida Burglars Broke Into The Wrong Woman’s Home

    04/02/2015 7:07:36 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 26 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | Apr 1, 2015 | B. Christopher Agee
    Two Florida Burglars Broke Into The Wrong Woman’s Home Her previous job taught her how to deal with such threats. B. Christopher Agee — April 1, 2015 Volusia County Sheriff's Office According to authorities in Volusia County, Fla., two suspects were promptly arrested from the scene of a reported burglary after the homeowner gave one of them a beating he likely won’t soon forget. WKMG reported that Margaret Gulla was at home when a man and woman approached her house. The two suspects, 35-year-old Tobias Cobb and 38-year-old Kimberly Jarrell, apparently had an organized approach to residential burglary. Police indicate...
  • 'Castle Doctrine' bill faces long odds in Minnesota House

    03/19/2015 6:04:55 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-18-15 | Rachel E. Stassen-Berger
    Gun rights supporters rolled out this year's version of the "Castle Doctrine" in the Minnesota House on Wednesday, but House leaders said the measure is unlikely to win focus in 2015. The "Castle Doctrine" would give Minnesotans greater rights to use their guns to defend their property. Expanding that ability has long been a goal for supporters, but the expansion also has long been thwarted. That is unlikely to change this year. "I don't want to go at it again until I think I can garner up enough support in the Senate and in the governor's office. There's no sense...
  • Mother of Bo Morrison sues Slinger homeowner who killed her son

    01/14/2015 1:13:05 PM PST · by Monitor · 28 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | Jan. 14, 2015 | Bruce Vielmetti
    The mother of Bo Morrison, who was killed by a Slinger man when Morrison hid in the man's house while fleeing from an underage drinking party, has filed a lawsuit against the man and his insurance company. Washington County District Attorney Mark Bensen declined to charge the homeowner, Adam Kind, with a crime in the March 2012 incident, finding Kind acted in self-defense. The incident prompted numerous protests about "the castle doctrine," adopted by legislators the previous year, but Bensen said Kind would have been cleared even without the law's extra presumptions in favor of residents using deadly force in...
  • ‘A sin and an abomination': White Castle starts serving veggie sliders

    12/30/2014 5:25:41 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Various Twitter comments copied by Twitchy ^ | December 30, 2014 | Various Twitter accounts
    Carnivorous fast food eaters are stunned by White Castle’s decision to add a “veggie” slider to their menu.
  • Suspect in German exchange student killing pleads not guilty

    05/22/2014 5:51:38 PM PDT · by wideawake · 36 replies
    CBS News ^ | 5/21/2014 | Crimesider Staff
    MISSOULA, Mont. - A Montana man accused of fatally shooting a German exchange student in his garage pleaded not guilty to murder Wednesday, Reuters reports. Last month, 29-year-old Markus Kaarma, of Missoula, allegedly shot and killed 17-year-old Diren Dede, of Hamburg, Germany, after the teen broke into his garage. The former U.S. Forest Service firefighter has been charged with deliberate homicide, according to the news agency.
  • Dracula's Castle Up for Sale

    05/19/2014 7:51:16 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    Global Post ^ | May 13, 2014 | Jess Zimmerman
    Now you can own Dracula’s castle Transylvania's Bran Castle, long connected with Bram Stoker's indelible creation, is for sale. Count Dracula never lived in Bran Castle, in the Transylvania region of Romania, because he was a fictional character. But look, it’s a Gothic-looking castle in Transylvania — plus, Vlad the Impaler, the historical figure who inspired Bram Stoker’s indelible creation, was reportedly imprisoned here. So it’s no surprise that it’s commonly called “Dracula’s Castle,” and that (like Transylvania’s Hunyad Castle and Poenari Castle in Wallachia) it’s often linked with the vampire legend. And now, you can own it. If you...
  • Teens' deaths raise 'reasonable force' questions for instructors

    05/04/2014 9:26:54 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 41 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-3-14 | Erik Burgess
    When Jere Hilland teaches you how to defend yourself, he always preaches using "reasonable force." "In other words, if someone punches you in the nose, you can punch them in the nose," said Hilland, who has taught firearms classes in North Dakota for 10 years. "But you can't keep punching them in the nose. That's excessive force." That's where Hilland guesses Byron Smith went wrong. Smith was found guilty Tuesday of premeditated murder after fatally shooting two teenagers who entered his home in Little Falls, Minn., on Thanksgiving Day 2012. Smith, who admitted shooting the teens "more times than I...
  • Fearing burglars, Montana man fatally shoots teen exchange student in garage

    04/30/2014 5:23:18 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 72 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-29-14 | Matt Volz and Amy Beth Hanson
    HELENA, Mont. -- A western Montana man charged in the shooting death of a 17-year-old exchange student in his garage is receiving death threats and is afraid to leave his home, the man's attorney said Tuesday. Markus Kaarma, 29, was released from jail Monday after posting a $30,000 bond on a charge of deliberate homicide in the death of Diren Dede of Hamburg, Germany. Since then, Kaarma, his partner Janelle Pflager and their 10-month-old baby won't leave their Missoula home after receiving the threats, attorney Paul Ryan said. "They're really on edge about what's going to happen to them and...
  • Archaeologists find secret chamber at Drum Castle

    07/06/2013 12:33:35 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Scotsman, STAHB ^ | Thursday, July 4, 2013 | Frank Urquhart
    Drum Castle, the seat of the Chief of Clan Irvine for centuries, has the oldest keep in Scotland and is the oldest intact building in the care of the trust. The trust is planning to bring in specialists to remove cement pointing on the ancient tower and replace it with traditional, breathable lime mortar to help preserve the historic keep. And the hidden chamber -- complete with its medieval toilet -- was uncovered while initial archaeological investigations were being conducted by Dr Jonathan Clark from FAS Heritage. Dr Clark...: "We were surprised that when we carefully unblocked the windows and...
  • Is the State Hiding a Major Bible Era Find?

    04/20/2013 1:59:51 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 65 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/4/13 | Gil Ronen
    ..... The capital "apparently indicates that an entire temple of castle is buried beneath it," the newspaper adds. However, when Rosental contacted the Israel Antiquities Authority to inform them of the find, the person he spoke to simply said – "Yaron, good for you. You found it, but we already are aware of it. Now forget about the whole thing and keep your mouth shut." Rosental said that he later found out that the IAA had known about the side for 18 months. He said that no digging has taken place since then, and that even steps like cordoning off...
  • Three Common Tactical & Legal Mistakes You Should Know (and avoid)

    09/17/2012 8:16:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    guns.com ^ | 13 September, 2012 | Jeffrey Denning
    I’m going to assume you’re a reasonable person. You do not provoke or engage in physical confrontations for the sport of it. You are legally authorized to possess a firearm. Further, your self-defense case does not hinge upon your alcohol consumption, your right to stand your ground or some off colored remark you may have made a week ago. Regardless of all of these things, you may still end up seeing the inside of a courtroom after you fire your gun defensively and there are still three big things in particular that can land you into blistering hot, legal and...
  • ‘I shot burglars to protect my lovely wife. Then police came... ’

    09/08/2012 11:05:45 PM PDT · by atomic conspiracy · 42 replies
    The Sun ^ | 9-9-12 | Andrew Parker
    A COUPLE held by police for 66 hours after robbers were shot at their cottage spoke for the first time yesterday about their “living nightmare” following their arrest. Businessman Andy Ferrie, 35, said he opened fire simply to protect his “precious, lovely wife” Tracey. She revealed she became so terrified after their arrest she thought cops would NEVER release them. And between them, they told of a shocking ordeal in which they were THROWN in separate police cells wearing grey prison-style tracksuits and black plimsolls; GRILLED by cops in a series of interviews; BANNED from talking to each other, and...
  • Texas justifiable homicides rise with 'Castle Doctrine'

    07/03/2012 5:40:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 30 replies
    chron.com ^ | 2 July, 2012 | Yang Wang and Dane Schiller
    In Houston early Friday, a 19-year-old convenience store clerk shot and killed a 52-year-old man who stole beer, according to police. The matter remains under investigation, but the clerk was not arrested. In Texas and elsewhere, each time someone is shot dead with a claim of self-defense, a grand jury must decide if an indictment is warranted. However, deliberations by grand juries are secret and the basis of their decisions is seldom public. The Chronicle also examined times of death, gender and race of both the shooters and the dead. Citizen shootings most often happen after dark, and involve a...
  • Philadelphia judge's verdict abrogates the state Castle Doctrine law(PA)

    06/03/2012 5:03:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 31 replies
    mcall.com ^ | 2 June, 2012 | Paul Carpenter
    In the Lowe case, news stories said, a thug named Loren Manning Jr., accompanied by two other thugs, jumped Lowe on a city street last October. Lowe, 57, is a disabled and retired Marine, who has had two strokes and two heart surgeries and wears a pacemaker. Manning and his sidekicks attacked Lowe and witnesses said Manning chased him and tried to clobber him with a metal pole before catching him and pinning him to the ground, where Lowe managed to retrieve a small pocket knife and used it to stick Manning, who, tragically, died. This is Philadelphia, mind you,...
  • Lawmakers Push Bill To Ban Criminals From Suing Victims(AL)

    05/07/2012 9:02:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    whnt.com ^ | 6 May, 2012 | Nick Banaszak
    Imagine the horror of having your home or business plundered by thieves. Not a good feeling, but even harder to fathom that the bad guys who did it could end up suing you in court. State lawmakers say an existing legal loophole allows thieves to file civil lawsuits against home and business owners if they end up getting injured while intruding. But a bill working its way through the Alabama State Legislature would put an end to the practice. If approved, House Bill 46 would grant immunity to property owners from civil lawsuits by criminals in almost all circumstances. State...
  • Another bogus attack by Media Matters

    04/28/2012 11:42:56 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    johnrlott.blogspot.com ^ | 26 April, 2012 | John Lott
    Just a couple of days ago, Media Matters had another list of false claims and I responded to their list here. Now Media Matters attacks an op-ed that I had at the New York Daily News. After David Brock's, the founder of Media Matters, hypocrisy in having Media Matters constantly attacking gun ownership while at the same time illegally having handguns publicly carried for his own self defense in Washington, DC, his organization continues its "do as I say, not as I do" policy. It is too bad that in the past Media Matters has refused to let me post...
  • Anchorage prosecutor slams self-defense bill(AK)

    03/17/2012 3:10:51 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    necn.com ^ | 16 March, 2012 | NA
    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A bill that would expand the right to use lethal force as a means of self-defense is dangerous, without support in the prosecutorial community, and rife with potential unintended consequences, an Anchorage prosecutor said Friday. James Fayette, an assistant district attorney, took a day off work to fly to Juneau on his own dime to speak out against HB80 during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mark Neuman, R-Big Lake, would allow Alaskans to use lethal force in self-defense anywhere they are legally allowed. Current law explicitly affords that right only when...
  • 'Make My Day Better' bill to grant businesses self-defense protections fails in Colo. Senate

    03/06/2012 7:23:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    therepublic.com ^ | 5 March, 2012 | IVAN MORENO Associated Press
    DENVER — Colorado Senate Democrats rejected legislation to expand self-defense protections for businesses, saying Monday the proposal would give too much leeway to use deadly force against suspected intruders. "This dramatically changes self-defense," said Sen. Rollie Heath, a Democrat from Boulder.
  • Dayton vetoes "castle doctrine" self-defense bill(MN)

    03/05/2012 5:53:33 PM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies · 1+ views
    startribune.com ^ | 5 March, 2012 | Jim Ragsdale
    Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the so-called "castle doctrine" self-defense bill on Monday. The proposal, supported by the gun-rights groups and opposed by Minnesota's law-enforcement organizations, would have expanded the legal justification for citizens who use deadly force in threatening situations. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder, and Sen. Gretchen Hoffman, R-Vergas, was the top priority of the National Rifle Association and drew some DFL votes in addition to near-unanimous Republican support. The measure passed by votes of 40-23 in the Senate and 85-47 in the House. It would have changed the legal definitions of self-defense for someone...
  • Iowa House Approves Gun Bills Following Democratic Walkout

    03/02/2012 9:03:44 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Opposingviews ^ | 29 February, 2012 | NRA
    Wednesday was an eventful day in Des Moines for pro-gun advocates that began with the House Democratic caucus’ mass exodus from the state capitol in protest of the scheduled consideration of two NRA priority pro-gun bills. Despite the fact the Republican majority had a quorum and could have passed legislation without the Democratic caucus, action was delayed until the caucus returned late in the afternoon. Once normal order was restored, gun owners in the Hawkeye State saw the Right to Keep and Bear Arms state constitutional amendment amended to the original NRA-supported language and passed. Gun owners then saw the...
  • New Minn. Bill Expands Rights of Self-Defense

    02/27/2012 5:36:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies · 1+ views
    kstp.com ^ | 26 February, 2012 | Jay Kolls
    A new Minnesota Senate bill would give you more power to use self-defense outside your home. Right now, Minnesota law allows you to protect yourself in your home if you are threatened or believe you are in imminent danger. The law also allows for the use of deadly force. But, under that same law, if you are in public and threatened, you are technically supposed to try and leave the scene or diffuse the situation if possible. If you cannot "retreat" from the threat, you then can use deadly force in self-defense. This new Senate bill, which passed 40-23, not...
  • Minnesota Legislature News: Bill expanding self-defense rights passes in Senate

    02/25/2012 6:42:34 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies · 1+ views
    piercecountyherald.com ^ | 24 February, 2012 | Danielle Nordine
    ST. PAUL – A bill that would expand Minnesotans’ self-defense rights was approved 40-23 Thursday night by the state Senate. The Personal Protection Act – known by many opponents as the “shoot first” bill – extends the right to use deadly force for personal protection outside the home to any place where an individual lawfully can be, sponsor Sen. Gretchen Hoffman, R-Vergas, said. “This bill isn’t just about guns,” it is about allowing any use of deadly force if necessary to guard against imminent danger, Hoffman said. The bill, approved by the House last year, also would require Minnesota to...
  • Stand Your Ground, Lose Everything(home defense)

    02/24/2012 5:56:41 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    freelibertywriters.com ^ | 23 February, 2012 | Sean McClanahan
    The Des Moines Register ran a story today that highlights the need for a strong “Stand Your Ground” law. Not just in Iowa, where it is being hotly debated right now, but anywhere in the country that the freedoms and liberties of citizens who are going about their day-to-day activities are expected to be more important than those of citizens who have little regard for the life and health of others in the community. In their story, the Register details the circumstances around a man, Jay Rodney Lewis, who was put in jail and stayed there for 112 days until...
  • Hero Teen Mom’s Open Letter to Nebraskans – Pass Victim Protect Act(OK)

    02/16/2012 5:11:44 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 14 February, 2012 | NFOA
    OMAHA, NE --(Ammoland.com)- Sarah McKinley, an 18-year-old Oklahoma mother who was forced to shoot an armed intruder in her home last New Year’s Eve, has released an open letter to Nebraska residents that supports the efforts of the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association (NFOA) and other citizen groups in trying to pass a Victim Protection Act in Nebraska. A copy of her letter is attached or can be found at ProtectVictimsNOW.org. On the evening of January 31, 2011, Mrs. McKinley and her infant son were home alone, as her husband had passed away just a week before after a painful fight...
  • Despite opposition, Hoffman sticks to her guns(MN)

    02/14/2012 1:42:15 PM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    fergusfallsjournal.com ^ | 14 February, 2012 | Ryan Howard
    Senator Gretchen Hoffman isn’t letting police union opposition to a gun bill she sponsored get to her. Instead, she’s focused on the voices of support she’s received on a piece of legislation she’s dubbed the “Stand Your Ground” bill. The bill (SF 1357) expands gun owners’ self-defense rights. Currently, the use of deadly force is authorized when a person believes they are in danger of bodily harm or death, but the new bill presumes that threat may be posed by a home invader. It also eliminates residents’ “duty to retreat” from a threat if possible, instead allowing deadly force. The...
  • Minnesota gun and self-defense laws could see major changes

    02/14/2012 8:22:17 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    wday.com ^ | 13 February, 2012 | Bill Schammert
    Minnesota gun and self-defense laws could be set for some major changes if Bill 1467 is signed into law. It's an attempt to enhance the rights of homeowners during an intrusion, and broaden permit-to-carry law. Supporters say the bill only reaffirms and guarantees people rights they should already have under the Second Amendment - the right to bear arms. Opponents disagree, saying it puts people in more danger, most notably law enforcement officials. Bill Bergquist – Clay County Sheriff: “Shoot and ask questions later is what it looks like, so there's some concerns about that.” It's commonly known as the...
  • Make My Day law for Colorado businesses debated

    02/10/2012 7:48:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    gazette.com ^ | 9 February, 2012 | IVAN MORENO, AP
    DENVER — Republicans moved forward with a proposal to let businesses use deadly force against intruders, one of a handful of GOP proposals being heard Thursday aimed at expanding gun rights.
  • Ohio Supreme Court declines to hear Castle Doctrine appeal; Man who acted in self-defense is free

    02/10/2012 7:32:25 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Buckeye Firerams Association ^ | 9 February, 2012 | Chad D. Baus
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that the Ohio Supreme Court (OSC) has declined to hear the case of a 55-year-old Cleveland homeowner convicted in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court last year of killing an intruder. In 2010, Carl Kozlosky was convicted by a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court jury and sentenced last year to 18 years to life in prison for the shooting death of Andre Coleman on Sept. 20, 2009. Last fall, the 8th Ohio District Court of Appeals ordered a new trial for Kozlosky, saying there was overwhelming evidence that he had acted in self-defense. "Under the...
  • Citizen's arrest, self defence soon to be law

    02/09/2012 6:03:23 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    lfpress.com ^ | 7 February, 2012 | Kris Sims
    The law governing the right to defend yourself and make a citizen's arrest is sailing through Parliament on a calm sea of cross party support. Justice Minister Rob Nicholson appeared at a House of Commons committee Tuesday to discuss Bill C-26 -- the Citizen's Arrest and Self Defence Act -- and faced tame questions from MPs. "He was defending his own house and property and he still had to hire a lawyer and go to through the court process when he was defending his home and family, how would C-26 make this different?" asked Liberal MP Judy Sgro, referencing one...
  • Ohio Supreme Court sends Castle Doctrine case of Carl Kozlosky back to trial court

    02/03/2012 11:39:42 AM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies · 1+ views
    cleveland.com ^ | 2 February, 2012 | Pat Galbincea
    The Ohio Supreme Court declined Wednesday to hear the case of a 55-year-old Cleveland homeowner convicted in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court last year of killing an intruder. When the 8th Ohio District Court of Appeals threw out the conviction of Carl Kozlosky and ordered a new trial, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason appealed the decision. The Ohio Supreme Court's decision Wednesday returns the case to Common Pleas Court. Kozlosky was sentenced last year to 18 years to life in prison for the shooting death of Andre Coleman on Sept. 20, 2009. Coleman broke into Kozlosky's house and began beating...
  • Greene County prosecutor defines 'Castle Doctrine' after citizens hold burglars at gunpoint(MO)

    02/02/2012 6:40:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 33 replies
    ky3.com ^ | 31 January, 2012 | Emily Wood
    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Greene County sheriff's deputies and Springfield police officers recently picked up five suspected burglars at two homes within four days. Cops said the arrests were thanks in part to alert citizens. In both instances, regular people tracked down the burglars and held them at gunpoint until officers arrived. Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson warns citizens, however, that although they might feel emboldened by a law that lets them defend themselves against intruders on their property, the law doesn't give them blanket permission to shoot an intruder. "I was fortunate that it turned out like it did....
  • Oklahoma Lawmaker Supports Expanding 'Make My Day' Law

    01/30/2012 6:04:56 PM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies · 1+ views
    newson6.com ^ | 30 January, 2012 | Chris McKinnon
    OKLAHOMA CITY - A push to strengthen the rights of citizens across the state is on the agenda as Oklahoma lawmakers look at the 2012 legislative session as a time to expand the rights of gun owners. State Senator Steve Russell said Sunday he is working to strengthen Second Amendment rights. "I think it's important constitutionally," explained Russell. "What we see are homeowners able to save their own lives and business men and women able to save their own lives. We have to keep that in view." 1/29/2012 Related Story: Oklahoma Lawmakers Look To Expand 'Make My Day' Law Several...
  • Self-defense shootings to get closer scrutiny

    01/24/2012 1:21:56 PM PST · by marktwain · 31 replies
    stltoday.com ^ | 23 January, 2012 | AP
    An increasing number of intruders in St. Louis are being gunned down by homeowners, due in part to a 2007 self-defense law known as the castle doctrine. But now, authorities are changing how they review apparent justifiable homicide cases.
  • Nebraska's Self Defense Law Could Change With New Bill

    01/24/2012 10:47:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    kcautv.com ^ | 23 January, 2012 | Tanya De Jesus
    You're home may be considered you're castle but legally in Nebraska you're not allowed to stand your ground if an intruder breaks in but lawmakers are trying to change that. Imagine. You're lying in bed and you hear your door get broken into and then you hear the terrifying footsteps of someone walking down the hallway toward your room. You're first thought might be to protect yourself but legally in Nebraska that's not your first option. "Right now the current law in the state of Nebraska requires that you retreat from the assailant or the source of danger," said Deputy...
  • Bills would allow deadly force against intruders (VA)

    01/19/2012 7:09:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    loudountimes.com ^ | 18 January, 2012 | Mechelle Hankerson
    RICHMOND – Del. Dickie Bell, (R-Staunton), is sponsoring two bills that would empower Virginians to use lethal force against an intruder in their home. House Bill 47 would grant civil immunity to anyone who injures or kills someone while defending their home from another person who has posed a threat of injury to the other or has entered the home unlawfully. House Bill 48 would enshrine in Virginia law the “Castle Doctrine” that about 30 other states have. The bill would allow the use of physical or deadly force in someone’s home if an intruder has committed an “overt act...
  • Castle Doctrine expands rights of citizens to defend themselves

    01/11/2012 8:44:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    lakelandtimes.com ^ | 6 January, 2012 | Richard Moore
    Editor's note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly attributed a quote about the "presumption of reasonableness" to Jessica Karls-Ruplinger. The quote belongs to Steven Jansen and Elaine Nugent-Borakove in a 2007 article about the Castle Doctrine. When Gov. Scott Walker was campaigning last year, he proclaimed his support for legislation giving citizens broad new legal protections for defending themselves in their homes against unwanted intruders. The notion is called the Castle Doctrine, and Walker promised he'd sign such a bill into law if he was elected and the Legislature passed it. "Homeowners should take comfort in knowing that their...
  • Castle Doctrine expands rights of citizens to defend themselves (Wisconsin)

    01/06/2012 8:13:41 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 10 replies
    The Lakeland Times ^ | Jan 6, 2012 | Richard Moore Investigative Reporter
    1/6/2012 7:29:00 AM Castle Doctrine expands rights of citizens to defend themselves Presumption of belief, no liability for self-defense Richard Moore Investigative Reporter When Gov. Scott Walker was campaigning last year, he proclaimed his support for legislation giving citizens broad new legal protections for defending themselves in their homes against unwanted intruders. The notion is called the Castle Doctrine, and Walker promised he'd sign such a bill into law if he was elected and the Legislature passed it. "Homeowners should take comfort in knowing that their home is truly their castle, which is why I support citizens' rights to protect...
  • White Castle burger chain considers alcohol sales

    12/21/2011 11:34:57 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 77 replies · 3+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 12-21-11 | ap
    COLUMBUS, Ohio - The White Castle hamburger chain is sipping on the idea of selling alcoholic beverages at its restaurants. The 90-year-old company is testing beer and wine sales at a location in Lafayette, Ind., that combines a traditional White Castle burger joint with a Blaze Modern BBQ, a new restaurant concept also being tried out. In other cities, Columbus, Ohio-based White Castle is testing an Asian food concept and a restaurant that serves grilled sandwiches.
  • Push on for stronger self-defense law in WA

    12/19/2011 4:03:14 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 18 December, 2011 | Dave Workman
    Washington State armed citizens are being lobbied to push for adoption of a proposed statute that will strengthen the Evergreen State’s lethal force self-defense law, a measure that was introduced in January and now waits for more co-sponsors. Leading the charge is veteran firearms instructor Marty Hayes, founder of the Firearms Academy of Seattle. His primary concern is a 2005 Supreme Court ruling in State v. Brightman, a case involving a man who, during the course of a fistfight over $20, pulled a gun and struck his opponent only to have the pistol discharge, fatally wounding Dexter Villa near Titlow...
  • Walker signs 'castle doctrine' bill, other measures(WI)

    12/08/2011 3:43:25 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    jsonline.com ^ | 7 December, 2011 | Jason Stein
    Madison - Homeowners who shoot intruders will have new legal protections, under a bill signed Wednesday by Gov. Scott Walker. The Republican governor also signed legislation to limit attorney fees in lawsuits - a bill that conservatives said would end frivolous lawsuits but which Democrats said also would end many lawsuits with merit. Under the intruders bill, courts in most criminal and civil matters would presume that people using deadly force had acted reasonably against anyone unlawfully inside their residence, business or vehicle, whether the trespasser was armed or not. The proposal is sometimes known as the "castle doctrine," a...
  • Republicans vs. Democrats TV survey results: Lefties want comedy, right wingers like work

    12/06/2011 1:33:23 PM PST · by Feline_AIDS · 18 replies · 1+ views
    EW ^ | 12-6-2011 | James Hibberd
    Republicans don’t watch MTV’s Jersey Shore. But they dig ABC’s Castle. Democrats don’t like Discovery’s Deadliest Catch. But they swoon for NBC’s Parks and Recreation. ... In the findings, “sarcastic” media-savvy comedies and morally murky antiheroes tend to draw Dems. While serious work-centered shows (both reality shows and stylized scripted procedurals), along with reality competitions, tend to draw conservatives... LIBERAL-DEMOCRAT FAVORITES: – The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report (Comedy Central): As you might expect. – 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation (NBC): Literate media-savvy comedies score high among Dems in general, notes Experian-Simmons senior marketing manager...
  • Make My Day Law may save Indiana St. shooter (CO)

    12/03/2011 11:19:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    nbc11news.com ^ | 29 November, 2011 | Matt Vanderveer
    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - The Coroner says another man who died last Friday in a separate shooting suffered from a gun shot wound to the head and has ruled it a homicide. Though, Colorado's "Make my Day" law could keep the shooter from serving any time behind bars. The incident happened the day after Thanksgiving on Indiana Street in Orchard Mesa. According to Mesa County Sheriff Office, two men were in the home when Jesus Ray Sanchez Jr. tried to force his way into their home. Colorado's "Make my Day" law gives citizens the right to use deadly force...
  • Report: Ohio's Castle Doctrine puts law on the side of victims of home invasion

    12/03/2011 7:28:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Buckeye Firearms Association ^ | 2 December, 2011 | NA
    This is a video story about the Ohio Castle Doctrine law. It is surprisingly well done, with very little political correctness. There is an annoying commercial at the beginning of the video clip, but it is not very long. The video is worth watching because it is not politically correct, so it goes against the usual progressive mindset in the MSM.
  • New laws go into effect for NC, including changes to Castle Doctrine

    12/01/2011 7:21:24 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    NBC 17 ^ | 12/01/11
    New laws go into effect for NC, including changes to Castle DoctrineBy: NBC17 Staff Published: December 01, 2011 **SNIP** Under the bill, a person charged with murder, manslaughter, or assault on a pregnant woman will face the same charged for the unborn child. **SNIP** Other laws that went into effect Dec.1: Laura's Law. This toughens sentences on repeat drunk drivers. It's named for 17-year-old Laura Fortenberry who was killed in a crash by a repeat offender. Police will start taking DNA samples from people arrested for an assortment of crimes. It used to only apply to suspects arrested for violent...
  • ‘Castle Doctrine’ revised(NC)

    11/29/2011 4:08:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies · 1+ views
    journalpatriot.com ^ | 28 November, 2011 | Jule Hubbard
    North Carolina’s new “Castle Doctrine” law, which addresses certain circumstances under which a person can legally shoot or use other deadly force against another, takes effect Thursday. North Carolina’s current Castle Doctrine only applies to homes, but under the new law it also applies to vehicles and places of work. The Castle Doctrine, rooted in English common law, expresses the belief that one should be safe from illegal intrusion in one’s home. The new law is much longer and clarifies when deadly force can be used. New law more specific The new law defines a person’s home as any property...
  • Castle Doctrine and home invasions (WI)

    11/22/2011 6:31:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies · 2+ views
    weau.com ^ | 21 November, 2011 | Chris Baylor
    With two recent armed robberies in the area, we wanted to know if anything might change with a new self defense law in place. A bill known as the ‘castle doctrine’ cleared the senate and assembly earlier this month. Monday morning in two separate incidence's two homes were robbed at gun point. One was in Eau Claire the other was in Hudson. In both cases the suspects were arrested a short time later but home invasions could soon change in Wisconsin. "With the advent of the castle doctrine the theory is if someone unlawfully enters your home armed or unarmed...
  • Republicans in Wisconsin Assembly pass self-defense bill in final legislative push

    11/01/2011 8:24:41 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 6 replies
    pioneer press ^ | scott bauer
    Under one proposal the Assembly passed Tuesday, homeowners acting in self-defense would be immune from criminal or civil liability of they kill someone who is unlawfully in their residence, vehicle or workplace. The bill requires a court to presume that the use of deadly force was necessary to prevent harm to the person being attacked or another person when the attack happens at the defender's home. "The citizens of this state, they just want to feel secure in their homes," said the bill's sponsor Rep. Dean Kaufert, R-Neenah. "They just want the ability to protect themselves without the fear of...
  • State Assembly Takes Up Self-Defense Bill(WI)

    10/02/2011 5:27:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    ashlandcurrent.com ^ | 30 September, 2011 | Gilman Halsted
    A bill headed to the floor of the state Assembly would allow a person who kills or injures someone who breaks into their home, business or car, to claim self-defense. The bill strengthens what is known as the Castle doctrine and it has strong backing from the National Rifle Association and state law enforcement agencies. Before it was approved by the Assembly Judiciary Committee this week there was some debate about the definition of someone's castle or dwelling, as the bill defines it. Democratic state Rep. Tony Staskunas wanted to know what the boundaries of a dwelling are when someone...