PA: Castle Doctrine & Stand your ground

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    Just heard about this & didn't see it, my apologies if it's a repeat:

    Pa. House approves use of deadly force

    AMANDA DOLASINSKI The York Dispatch
    Updated: 11/17/2010 10:45:36 AM EST

    Pending Gov. Ed Rendell's approval, Pennsylvania residents won't have to retreat if they are being attacked.

    The castle doctrine, a bill that evolved into an amendment in a Megan's Law bill, was passed by House members Monday night.

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    Defense: The bill amends Pennsylvania law by creating a presumption that an attacker or intruder intends to do bodily harm and gives individuals the right to protect themselves -- even using deadly force.

    The amendment eliminates the duty to retreat before using deadly force in any place the individual has the right to be, such as an individual's home or vehicle.
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    Full article here

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    Good news.

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    I wonder if the Gov will sign off on this next week?
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    DemoRendell. Don't hold your breath but, he's on his way out....soon to be replaced by Republican Tom Corbett.

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    Quote Originally Posted by varob View Post
    I wonder if the Gov will sign off on this next week?
    He has until Sat 11/27 to act on it. He either signs it into law, vetoes it...in which case it is dead, or does nothing and it becomes law by default.

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    Did previous previous PA law require retreat in the home or otherwise in the face of an attempted felony?
    I gather that the need for these type statutes are relative to other laws that required retreat. It would seem that the simple way to deal with that is to allow lethal force/homicide to prevent attempted felonies, period.
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    Will it also prevent the dirtbag or his/her family from a lawsuit for damages to the dirtbag who was committing the crime?
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    NO, but a separate statute addressing same, in most cases, will.
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    Good deal. Kansas passed a similar one a long time ago, and it sure made a difference in crime when the BG's figured out people weren't going to back off.... and a few got shot while breaking into somone's house in the middle of the night. Burglaries went down. LOL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guantes View Post
    NO, but a separate statute addressing same, in most cases, will.
    The provision is written into the bill.
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    As of yesterday, he still had not signed it, nor had he vetoed it:

    http://www.philly.com/inquirer/local...nto_law_1.html

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    Incoming republican, Corbett, has indicated he would sign the bill. It should get passed this next year.
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    Do they have the votes to overturn the veto?
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