Monday, June 30, 2008

Texan Joe Horn’s Vigilante Justice Shows “The Criminal Justice System Works?”

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but here’s the scoop:

USA Today-A Texas grand jury has cleared a 62-year-old retiree who shot and killed two men he suspected of burglarizing his neighbor's home last fall in the Houston suburb of Pasadena.

Civil rights activists organized protests, saying that the shootings were racially motivated and that Horn engaged in vigilante justice.

"The message we're trying to send today is the criminal justice system works," Harris County District Attorney Kenneth Magidson said after the grand jury declined to indict Horn.

According to the Houston Chronicle, As the grand jury began hearing evidence in the case this month, Horn's attorney, Tom Lambright, said recently that Horn regrets his decision to confront the men.

"Was it a mistake from a legal standpoint? No. But a mistake in his life? Yes," Lambright said. "Because it's affected him terribly. And if he had it to do over again, he would stay inside.
"I don't think anybody can really appreciate the magnitude that something like this has on a person's personality."

Joe Horn’s a victim too, huh? Maybe it shows that cooler heads don’t really prevail in an intense situation like the one Joe Horn found himself in, even after the 911 operator skillfully and calmly warned and explained the danger to him. The public lacks training and judgment, but then, Harris County DA Kenneth Magidson would disagree.

After all, in the U.S., this kind of “criminal justice system works.”

Check out the 911 call and the death threat left on the DA's voicemail to Joe Horn

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