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Old 08-28-2011, 11:13   #150
David Armstrong
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Location: Lake Charles, LA
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from TDC20:
It's not about what you know. It's about what you can prove.
Exactly. That is why "I was scared of the bad man" isn't much justification. You need to be able to expalin why you were scared, what you were scared of, and why responding with lethal force was the reasonble response to that.
Like SteveK said, we assume that all jurors will be reasonable, rational, and intelligent.
I don't. I assume they are emotional and irrational, which is why you need to be able to convence them that shooting an unarmed man who was doing nothing more threatening to you than walking slowly toward you was the right thing to do.
Deceive the court? As long as it's legal and it gets me off the hook, you betcha!
Again, if your plan is to decieve the court I would suggest you know yourself that what you are doing really doesn't look that good, otherwise you wouldn't see a need to change the picture.
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