One of the good things about having cable and nothing to do after 5 pm is that I get to watch lots of CNN. I think of it is as research for this blog, since CNN never fails to provide plenty of material to blog about (most of it in some sort of fury).
Yesterday, they broke the news about this guy in Houston, TX who shot and killed two men who he saw leaving his neighbours house after a break in. He was cleared of all criminal charges. That is after he called 911, and the operator explicitly told him NOT to go outside with his gun.
"Don't go outside the house," the 911 operator pleaded. "You're going to get yourself shot if you go outside that house with a gun. I don't care what you think."
"You want to make a bet?" Horn answered. "I'm going to kill them."
Now I am thinking: the men were shot in the back, there are no reports of either of them being armed, and does it count as self-defense if you voluntarily leave the safety of your house after being told not to by law enforcement? Isn't saying "I'm going to kill them" an expression of pre-mediation? The guys were burgalars, they probably woul'dnt have gotten more than 10 years for unarmed robbery.
It just was'nt making any sense. How could a court come up with this decision. Then the anchor guy asks the question, "can't the family of the murdered file a civil suit?" and the other anchor guy (can't rem their names) says "well ... not really ... I mean if they were illegal immigrants they don't have any rights to do that." And the first guy goes " so they were illegals" and the second guy says "im not sure, its highly possible though. They were from mexico ... or maybe puerto rico, dpesnt matter its the same thing. But I think they probably were illegal." And the picture of two brown men pops up on the screen. Fade to white anchor guys shrugging, and moving on to the next story.*
Just for the record, the CNN print version of the story says that the murdered men were Colombian, and would be classified as illegal immigrants.
*This dialogue might not have happened word to word as written, but it's pretty close.