Friday, April 06, 2007

WA: No murder charge in death: "A Mexican national with alleged ties to drug trafficking won't face murder charges for his part in a gunbattle that ended with an Everett man's death. Snohomish County prosecutors believe Hector Francisco Diaz, 28, was protecting himself when he opened fire and repeatedly shot Raymond O'Gorman in a south Everett apartment in November. During an apparent robbery attempt, O'Gorman came to the apartment, pointed a pistol at people inside and ordered them to lie on the floor. A short time later, Diaz, armed with a .357 handgun, shot O'Gorman five times, according to court records. O'Gorman also fired a round, from a .45-caliber pistol, prosecutors wrote. 'It appears that it was a justifiable homicide and Diaz was acting in self-defense when he shot O'Gorman,' Snohomish County deputy prosecutor John Adcock said."

The NRA vs the Second Amendment: "In today's Washington Examiner Robert Levy, one of the lead attorneys in the Parker v. District of Columbia case which recently resulted in a clear victory for an individual rights interpretation of the Second Amendment, wonders why the National Rifle Association is pursuing a strategy that would prevent the Supreme Court from ruling on the case. The problem, Levy contends, is the D.C. Personal Protection Act which would make Parker a moot case and result in the end of the appeals process:"

Should Congress or courts decide DC gun ban's fate?: "Could the National Rifle Association and its allies in Congress be undermining the best pro-gun case ever likely to be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court? More than four years ago, three attorneys and I filed Parker v. District of Columbia, a Second Amendment case on behalf of six local residents who want to defend themselves in their own homes. For reasons that remain unclear, we faced repeated attempts by the NRA to derail the litigation. Happily, the case survived. On March 9, in a blockbuster opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit overturned the city's gun ban -- holding that 'the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms.'"

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