Latest Stand Your Ground With a Twist
Yesterday in SC, a magistrate judge dismissed charges against a man who slashed a Navy sailor during a fight on the night of 4/15. Apparently the Navy sailor and his friends had been drinking heavily and in their condition decided to beat on a man in the street for who knows what. His friend jumped in to assist him and then was set upon himself and was being kicked a stomped by the Navy sailor using his boots. The man then used his knife and slashed at the Navy man and opened a 4 inch gash in his abdomen. He was later arrested for the attack. The dismissal was a reaffirmation of the SC "stand your ground" law, in that the arrested gentleman, trying to assist his friend from great bodily injury (alter ego rule) was then set upon by the sailor and had a reasonable assumption that he was being seriously attacked and defended himself. Wonder if this case would have had bigger implications if the sailor had not been white. Incidentally the man and his friend happen to be, as our vaunted press would tell you "white puerto ricans".