Thursday, May 8, 2014
A few days ago, I posted an article titled, We must substantially increase funding for public defense, and I am pleased to report that the Massachusetts Bar Association is recommending substantial increases in pay for their public defenders and prosecutors.
Montana has a case that is similar to Byron Smith’s ambush case in Minnesota. 17-year-old Diren Dede, an exchange student from Germany, was shot to death by Markus Kaarma, 29, in Missoula, Montana around midnight on April 27th. Dede was playing a game that teenagers call garage hopping in which they sneak into a garage looking for stuff to take, like beer. Kaarma had set a trap installing motion sensors in his garage and leaving his garage door open. When Dede triggered the sensors, Kaarma grabbed his shotgun, opened the door to the garage and started shooting, killing Dede. Yet another gun freak itchin’ to kill a teenager finds out that the use of deadly force must be reasonably necessary or you get charged with murder.
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