Regarding this thread: http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...ad.php?t=27749
Saturday I indicated I contacted the Chief of the Felony Division of the Palm Beach County Public Defenders Office regarding the above thread in which Mr. Norman Borden was being charged with murder after having defended himself against 3 armed gang bangers who attempted to run him down in a jeep.
Today I received an email from Ms. Carey Haughwout, Mr. Borden's attorney in the case. Below is the copy of the email I sent to Public Defenders Office and the reply I got today!
Dear Chief Grant,
My name is xxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx and I am a former law enforcement defense tactics trainer having been certified by the National Law Enforcement Training Center and past member of American Society of Law Enforcement Training.
I was reading about the Norman Borden murder case in a forum I belong to online and it caught my attention. While I obviously do not have all the facts in the case, I was outraged that Craig Williams would even bring such charges against Mr. Borden based on the information that I had to review. I feel on the surface this seems to be a politically motivated prosecution of Mr. Borden by a prosecutor wishing to challenge Florida's Castle Law Doctrine.
I was unable to locate an email for Ms.Carey Haughwout and hope you may forward this to Ms. Haughwouts team.
I am not sure if you are familiar with who Massad Ayoob is and if not, I would like to let you know that he is a world renowned lethal force expert. In 1984 Mr. Ayoob's expert testimony successfully assisted Mark Selden and Roy Black in winning an acquittal for wrongfully accused Miami Police Officer Luis Alvarez in another politically motivated high profile case.
Mr. Ayoob is a New Hampshire police captain, celebrated author and noted authority on lethal force issues, is a certified lethal force expert witness, and runs the world renowned Lethal Force Institute. Mr. Ayoob is also a certified police prosecutor in New Hampshire and his expertise is second to none. Mr. Ayoob frequently takes on cases in wrongfully accused law enforcement officers and citizens who have been wrongfully accused in lethal force cases.
I would certainly recommend Mr. Borden's legal team contact Mr. Ayoob with the details of the case and see if he would be willing to assist in Mr. Borden's defense.
I feel there are several issues regarding Mr. Borden's state of mind and threat assessment that Mr. Ayoob may be helpful with. If you are familiar with the Alvarez case you know what kind of legal nightmare that was for Officer Alvarez and it has been said that case is the first in history in which "precognition" was successfully argued in court.
While I do not personally know Mr. Ayoob, members of the law enforcement trainer community are very close knit and keep track of cases like this.
You may contact Massad Ayoob should you choose to inquire about his possible assistance at:
Lethal Force Institute
P.O. Box 122
Concord, New Hampshire 03303-0122
(603) 226-3554 FAX
I hope my unsolicited contact of your office is not offensive to you or your staff, and if so, I offer my deepest apologies. Good Luck in the successful defense of Mr. Borden!
xxxxxxx, Mo. xxxxx
From: Carey Haughwout
To: xxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx
Cc: Cherry Grant
Subject: Norman Borden
Ms. Grant forwarded your message to me and I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to contact us. Fortunately, Mr. Borden was acquitted after a very brief jury deliberation. We are seeing more of these prosecutions (people who acted in self defense) so the information may be helpful in other cases. Thanks again for sharing this information and resource with us.
* Please be advised that Florida has a broad public records law, and all correspondence to me via email may be subject to disclosure. Under Florida records law, email addresses are public records. If you do not want your email address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.