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Why Prosecute the Loud-Music Killer Again?

The man who killed a teenager over an argument about loud music will likely spend the rest of his life in prison. Still, it was not a verdict consistent with common sense.

The interview with the one juror who has stepped forward provided confirmation of what many of us have suspected. A majority of the jury wanted to convict the defendant for outright murder. Three holdouts refused.

At issue was whether the shooter was acting in self-defense. The definition in Florida seems to be looser than in most of the country in two respects.

  • He did not actually have to be in any danger from the teenager he shot and killed. He only had to reasonably imagine the danger.
  • Justifiable homicide in Florida is not an affirmative defense in the same way it is in most parts of the world.

An affirmative defense shifts the burden of proof...

Direct download: Why_Prosecute_the_Loud-Music_Killer.mp3
Category:Political News -- posted at: 10:37pm EST