Tuesday, March 08, 2011

CT: Murder, manslaughter charges off the table in shooting by druggie: "The Southwood Square resident who shot and killed a Norwalk man in September in what attorneys called a case of self-defense will not face murder or manslaughter charges, prosecutors said Monday. Last fall Jason Kendrick, 24, admitted to authorities that he killed 20-year-old Michael "Brazy" Patterson, of Norwalk, on Sept. 25 after witnessing him fire several rounds into Donta Wilks, a 31-year-old Stamford man who died from his gunshot wounds early the next morning. Kendrick told police he returned fire with a legally owned handgun after Patterson shot at him and a friend in the Southwood Square housing complex following a dispute at a barbecue that turned deadly."

Illinois Attorney General Releases Gun Owner Names: "Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has issued a letter instructing state police to release the names of authorized gun owners in Illinois to the press, the Associated Press is reporting. State police had initially denied the AP's request for a list of Illinois residents with a Firearm Owners Identification card on the grounds that disclosing the names would violate the privacy of gun owners. The wire service explains that police officials have not indicated whether they will comply with Madigan's ruling, and that there are currently Republican-sponsored bills in the Illinois House and Senate that would prohibit disclosing this kind of information. The news comes less than two weeks after the New York Times obtained the names of more than 37,000 people licensed to own handguns in New York City from the New York Police Department"

PA: Court rejects 2nd Amendment argument by convicted felon: "A Washington County man lost his Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms when he was convicted in 1995 of cocaine trafficking and receiving stolen firearms, a federal appeals court ruled today. James F. Barton, 51, of Washington, claimed the law making it illegal for a felon to possess a firearm was unconstitutional. His appeal cited a 2008 U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down a District of Columbia law prohibiting the private ownership of handguns"

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