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    Florida "Castle Doctrine" Law works!

    Last Monday morning (2/16) a Palm Beach County man was awakened in his home by an intruder. He got his .38 special and exchanged gunfire with the intruder and in the end the intruder lay dead in his house.

    I fear there are places in this country where that would only have been the beginning for the resident. That the rest of his night, morning and following days would be grilling interrogations by law enforcement at the police station, perhaps multiple court appearences and lawyer fees trying to defend protecting his own life ... BUT NOT IN FLORIDA!

    Although he needed sedatives to sleep later that morning, he was doing it at the home of his mother, not in some jail cell. From all indications that I have seen law enforcement clearly saw this as a "self-defense" action and under the new Florida castle doctrine law there is no further action, prosecution, or persecution required. There was no defending yourself make you the bad guy, and his penalty for his actions will be limited to his emotional challenge of having to have to kill someone. He is also immune from civil suit from the victims family. The State Attorneys office will review the case to assure it was self-defense, but barring rise of extenuating circumstance showing this was other than a home invasion, that is simply a rubber stamp.

    I am proud that Florida has given the people the right to defend their home properly and hope that all states will adopt this stand and treatment of the true victim in these cases.

    Here is the link to the article in the Palm Beach Post:

    Popular music teacher kills armed intruder in Wellington home

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    This link is the 911 call on the above incident.

    MEDIA PLAYER

    I think the dispatcher did a decent job in handling this also.

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    Thank you for these posts. Yes, I agree that the 911 Operator was professional and did a very well. My question to you down there in Fl is, is the home owner in danger from the BG's family starting civil suits? I would be a sad miscarry of justice if the homeowner had to continue defend himself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ricbak View Post
    Thank you for these posts. Yes, I agree that the 911 Operator was professional and did a very well. My question to you down there in Fl is, is the home owner in danger from the BG's family starting civil suits? I would be a sad miscarry of justice if the homeowner had to continue defend himself.
    NO!

    As noted in the original post, the Florida castle doctrine law is written to protect one from civil action in relation to the incident. Text of the statute follows (emphasis added):



    776.032 Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force.-- (1) A person who uses force as permitted in s. 776.012, s. 776.013, or s. 776.031 is justified in using such force and is immune from criminal prosecution and civil action for the use of such force, unless the person against whom force was used is a law enforcement officer, as defined in s. 943.10(14), who was acting in the performance of his or her official duties and the officer identified himself or herself in accordance with any applicable law or the person using force knew or reasonably should have known that the person was a law enforcement officer. As used in this subsection, the term "criminal prosecution" includes arresting, detaining in custody, and charging or prosecuting the defendant.

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    We just past the same law here in Ohio last Sept. Its called The Stand Your Ground Law.
    Calling an illegal alien an 'undocumented immigrant'
    is like calling a drug dealer an 'unlicensed pharmacist '.

  7. Tomlin's friends and family described him as a quiet, fun-loving man who played football and basketball and lifted weights. He had a 2-year-old son, Rashard Jr. Darryl Woodson, 21, Tomlin's friend and roommate, said they often would sit up nights sipping beers and spinning freestyle rap lyrics.

    But had been arrested six times since 2006 on charges including aggravated battery and violating probation, state records show.

    "I don't believe he did it. He wasn't the type to get in trouble.

    GIVE ME A BRAKE!

    Good job Heath Miller.
    Calling an illegal alien an 'undocumented immigrant'
    is like calling a drug dealer an 'unlicensed pharmacist '.

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    Great. Thanks for the article and the audio. I am glad FL is doing something right...
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    It's funny how the BG was "turning his life around" or "was such a nice guy". Folks need to remove their heads from their rectum. The guy was shot dead while committing a serious crime.

    Maybe I'll sell them that oceanfront property I own in the middle of Idaho.



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    Here is another link to more info on this shooting. Apparently the BG was just chillin, drinken and composing rap when he got the urge... not for a bathroom break, but to go down the street with a .40 cal and break into a neighbors home.


    "... Darryl Woodson, 21, Tomlin's roommate and one of the last people to see him alive, said he was drinking with him early on Feb. 16, trading freestyle rap lyrics, when Tomlin picked up his beer and said he would be right back.

    Detectives found a beer near his body in Miller's duplex, investigators said. ..."

    Gunfight in home reflects Wellington area's decline

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    Glad to hear FL is now a castle doctrine state too.

    In AZ, we're a "stand your ground" jurisdiction too, and not only would that be a slam-dunk case of justified self-defense, but the BG's "estate" would have no civil recourse once cleared of criminal charges/wrong-doing.

    That's good news - I wish more states would start passing pro-citizen laws, and start punishing BG's for what they are - BAD GUYS!
    "There is no consitutional right to be protected by the state against being murdered by criminals or madmen." (7th Cir. 1982, Bowers v. DeVito)Stay safe, and stay trained.www.sazsatt.com

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