Dave Hardy informs us that a 21 year old man in Richmond, who shot a fleeing armed robber, won’t be facing charges.Â The grand jury refused to hand down an indictment in the case.Â Said the prosecutor:
“When the adrenaline is pumping and you’re scared, you weigh fear differently than when you’re behind your desk,” he added.
Still, the prosecutor said he had no regrets about presenting the case.
“This is an indication that the system works,” he said.
Pennsylvania doesn’t use grand juries, except in cases where the crime spans more than one county.Â It bothers me our state is lacking this key check on governmental power.Â I agree with the prosecution that this is an indication that the system works; the grand jury did the right thing.
I think it’s worth it for me to put up another post tomorrow discussing the defense of property issue, as it generated some good comments, and I want to clarify a few things.Â I do believe crime victims should be given a wide benefit of doubt when it comes to defending themselves from criminal attacks.Â I’m glad the jury was understanding.