Gut Rumbles

May 16, 2005

an addendum

When I wrote that we have an understood law in Georgia about protecting your castle, what I meant was that if you use deadly force to protect your life or your property, you won't find 12 people to sit on a jury to convict you for doing anything wrong. DAs know this fact, and they seldom prosecute such "crimes" because they know that they can't win.

Call it red-neck all you want to, but that's how people think where I live. I looked for a link to the story, but I couldn't find one, so you'll just have to trust me on this. Several years ago, a homeowner in downtown Savannah had his house and his car burglarized THREE TIMES in three months. He awoke one night to the sound of glass breaking and walked outside with a .22 rifle.

He saw a young thug stealing the stereo out of his car. He shot a 16 year-old boy dead.

This was an interesting case, because the boy was shot in the back of the head as he was running away. I think the illustrious Spencer Lawton was DA in Savannah at the time, and he arrested the man and put him on trial for murder. The man testified that the boy turned around and appeared to have a firearm in his hand, so he shot.

Everybody in court and every person on the jury knew that the man's story was complete bullshit. The "yoot" was unarmed and he was shot in the back of the head. The jury deliberated about 20 minutes before declaring the man innocent of any crime--- not even of discharging a firearm within the city limits. He walked.

Later evidence, not admitted at the trial, showed that this "yoot" had a rap-sheet as long as your arm and was a professional (although incompetent) crack-headed criminal. There were nine black people on that jury and the dead "yoot" was black. That racial aspect didn't matter. It was a simple case of "That boy NEEDED killing," and all twelve people agreed.

That's the "unwritten" law I'm talking about here. People are sick and tired of these thugs terrorizing them, and they don't see a damn thing wrong with getting one of them off the streets for good. That may not be codified in law, but you just try to prosecute somebody for doing it and see how far you get.

You can't find twelve idiots in Georgia willing to convict someone for protecting what belongs to him.


Virtually the identical circumstances in Durham, NC, a few years back. Man was home caring for a sick baby when he heard someone in his garage. Looked out and saw three black youths stealing stuff. Came out with a rifle and shot two. One died. Turns out he was shot in the back as he ran away. The black community got riled and it was a big stink. This young "hooky player," it turned out, had a rap sheet as long as your arm. The local paper got hold of it and ran it, even though the kid was only 14. He was already a professional criminal. The trial was highly charged, politically and racially. The local paper got criticized for calling the man a "homeowner," thus bringing class into it. The man was charged with murder but his acquital was not as predictable in this PC haven. Only due to a tremendous effort by an able defense attorney was there a hung jury. The DA decided not to try him again. Needless to say, he moved.

Posted by: rivlax on May 16, 2005 03:08 PM

Georgia sounds like my kinda place.

Posted by: DaveJ on May 16, 2005 03:13 PM

One more thing.....

In 1966 a friend of mine and I hitchhiked to Atlanta from Athens to visit a friend. We were let off somewhere in DeKalb County in the vicinity of the friend's house, but we didn't really know where it was. At about 2 a.m. a cop car pulled up beside us and asked what we were doing. We told him we were looking for a friend's house and he said, "Well, you better get in and we'll help you find it. If you wander around out here at this hour someone's going to shoot you for tresspassing." And he said this as if that would be perfectly alright. Such was the respect for private property a mere 39 years ago.

Posted by: rivlax on May 16, 2005 03:15 PM

Guaranteed, Someone breaks in my house,or dicks with my family that fucker best be prepared to have multiple holes in him and the law protects me.

Posted by: Gravdigr on May 16, 2005 03:31 PM

God, I need to move South. No snow, no getting Dicked Daley....

Posted by: Alli on May 16, 2005 03:36 PM

ALLI : if you move to Florida bring MONEY

Posted by: GUYK on May 16, 2005 03:54 PM

Geez. I hope Mississippi is the same if I'm ever faced with a goblin in my house. Though I don't I'd worry about that at the time...

Posted by: Adam Lawson on May 16, 2005 04:27 PM

I've never used a gun when I'm after villians, I just act audacious, do the unexpected. When my credit cards were stolen, I knew who it was, and I went into their house, found them in the bathtub, and demanded my money right there! Nother time, my neighbor's car was being stolen at 5:00 am, I was up, so I ran outside, pounded on my neighbor's door and yelled, "He's stealing your car!". The guy got away with it, but he was in a mad frenzy to pull it off with all my noise spotlighting him. And, a few years back, I ran after a woman who had just tried to rob our neighbor. I yelled to my husband to call the cops, as I was running after her. I chased her 2 blocks, then came huffing back home. My husband says I'm gunna get killed one of these days, but, haven't had a lick of trouble since!

Posted by: Bonita on May 16, 2005 05:26 PM

Those who elevate the right to life over the right to property threaten the former.

Posted by: Brett on May 16, 2005 07:03 PM

Here in Okieland we have the "Make my day" law. It boils down to if you creep around my house I'll pop your brains out. My neighbor will break the window out and will help drag the body in. Problem solved.

Posted by: murry on May 17, 2005 01:30 AM

I should move to Georgia.

Here in Australia the fucking criminal who breaks into my house can sue me (and win!) if I use a firearm on him.

I suppose though, since I upgraded to 12 gauge, the chances of the burglar giving a coherent account of his "deprived childhood" are somewhat minimized.

Will still cost me a lawyer fee though.

Posted by: Henry Blowfly on May 17, 2005 08:44 AM
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