Monday, February 20, 2006

SC: Self-defense bill clears House: "A bill rocketing through the Statehouse could give you greater rights to defend yourself with deadly force. It's called the 'Protection of persons and property act.' It passed the House unanimously ... now it's in the Senate. If it passes there, the new law would let you use deadly force against an intruder or attacker in your home or vehicle. There are exceptions but, generally speaking, if the bill becomes law, and if you lawfully use deadly force ... you would be immune from criminal prosecution and may not be arrested."

OR: Self-defense cited in fatal shooting: "A Veneta man who shot and killed an intruder early Friday acted in self-defense and will not be charged with a crime, the Lane County district attorney said. Tony Gilbert Hernandez, 58, shot the intruder at least twice with a 12-gauge shotgun as the man beat him with a collapsible metal baton, investigators said. The baton left deep cuts in Hernandez's scalp that had to be stapled shut at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene. He also had injuries on his back. 'This is what we would call self defense,' District Attorney Doug Harcleroad said. 'You're allowed to use deadly physical force under Oregon law when you're in fear for yourself or your property.'"

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