commented on The Man Who Claims to Have Fatally Shot Renisha McBride by Accident to be Charged with Murder
Also, in my mind the fact that the discharge was 'accidental' makes this even worse. By claiming accidental, it acknowledges that there was not a life threatening situation involved. Otherwise you would claim self defense. And the home owner set this up the minute they chose to bring a gun with them - there should be no get out of jail free card by claiming negligent discharge. Your gun, your "tool," your consequence.
commented on Can You See Me Now?
@8 Based on the photos seen they are attaching onto light poles, traffic lights, etc. They would have had to work out an attachment agreement with SDOT to do that (approved installers, safety, inspection, etc.) That's pretty standard.
They would probably not have gone through a formal planning/use review with DPD, however. Telecom sites have a defined review process (usually conditional use) but there are a lot of exceptions that public safety have built into the regs, so probably minimal paper trail there (admin at best.)
commented on Sloggers, I Have a Turd in My Freezer. Can You Help a Lady Out?
Can't help you with the test, but can make a case on what not to do. An old ski coach of mine had a contest with his roommates to determine who could produce the largest perfect turd. Lo one afternoon he produces a winning specimen, but his friends are gone for the weekend. To preserve his victory, the turd is fishes from the bowl, lovingly wrapped in tinfoil, and deposited in the freezer.
Forward 3 months later, and they are moving out. Apartment is cleaned, power is disconnected, and life is good. Danger lurks, however, in the form of a forgotten tinfoil package in the back of the freezer. Our hero has to return to the apartment to collect the last of his belongings and notices a strange odor permeating his former living space....
Don't wind up like this guy. Keep that tied both in your freezer and in your thoughts at all times.
commented on Surprise!
@19 Correct that WA does not have duty to retreat. However, a key difference is that WA does not provide shelter from civil liability. A key part of the FL statutes is that they also shelter people from civil liability, so the Martin family has no recourse.
commented on Chris Hayes on Marissa Alexander
I really don't like the idea of giving gun nuts the license to go around popping off 'warning shots' to encourage compliance with their world views.
So is it OK to be fine with having Ms. Alexander charged with assault in this case, but not OK with the sentence?