Wednesday, January 11, 2006

FL: Homeowner shoots, kills robber: "Police said 34-year-old Ronnie Ivory was shot and killed breaking into a home on Brandemere Court, near the Arlington Expressway, just after 7 p.m. Saturday evening. Investigators said the homeowners shot Ivory in what appeared to be an attempted home-invasion robbery. A second suspect may be involved in the incident, and police are still investigating."

Martin's handgun ban idea a cheap political subterfuge: "Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin, heading a Liberal Party that has been scandalized by corruption and recently fell after a 'no confidence' vote in the House of Commons, is trying to deflect attention from his abysmal failure as a national leader by calling for a ban on handguns, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) said today. 'This is nothing less than a cheap political subterfuge,' said CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron. 'I'm not sure if they understand the 'smell test' north of the border, but Martin's attack on handgun owners sure doesn't pass it. This is a smarmy attempt to shift public focus away from his political troubles, and those of his party.'"

Canada: Martin escalates victim disarmament threats: "A legal expert says the prime minister's plan to jail gun crime suspects until their trials is a contentious model already being used in the Canadian legal system. 'Reverse onus' bail rules -- already used in cases of suspected murder and terrorism -- require the defence to prove why the suspect should be allowed bail. In most cases, it is up to the Crown to prove why the suspect should be kept in jail. Paul Martin's weekend promise to expand reverse onus to those involved with gun crime may leave more innocent people in jail for months, criminal lawyer Steven Skurka told Canada AM Tuesday. 'For example, there is a distinction between someone having a gun in their possession and actually using a firearm,' Skurka said, adding it would be much easier to legally justify the proactive detention of someone accused of using a gun. 'People charged with gun crimes ... will now languish in jail for many months and even longer until their trial takes place,' he said. 'Remember, they're still innocent in the eyes of the law ... When someone's on bail, they're still (presumed) innocent.'"

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