Student won't be charged in Sword Slaying

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Student won't be charged in Sword Slaying

Postby Moonstone Spider » Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:44 pm

More news than a serious topic for debate, but I thought this was interesting and I've been following the case.

http://wjz.com/local/hopkins.student.sw ... 56324.html

It's kind of sad that it took them an entire year to decide not to charge a kid who defended his house from an intruder. The original story is linked below. Essentially a student at JHU had his house broken into. When he heard the noise, he carried a samurai sword with him to the garage to investigate, and the robber lunged at him. The kid took off the robber's hand, then put the sword through his chest and killed him. Naturally the family of the robber felt this was unreasonable use of force and demanded the kid be tried for murder but the courts finally decided it was self-defense.

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2009-0 ... pontolillo
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Re: Student won't be charged in Sword Slaying

Postby Gigafrost » Wed Feb 17, 2010 3:15 am

I guess it reinforces the notion that you *shoot* to kill.
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Re: Student won't be charged in Sword Slaying

Postby TerraFrost » Sun Feb 28, 2010 3:42 am

Not to hijack the topic of anything, but you'd be surprised at how this topic's first post kinda looks like spam. For example, to quote from a spam message we got today:

I considered my sword as a savior, this is the best weapon for us.

The user posted it as a response to this topic. Aside from it's being rather off topic and and it's use of thread necromancy (to borrow a phrase from Moonstone Spider) the signature of the user who posted it was "ninja swords", which, itself, was a link to http_//www.weapons-universe.com/Swords.shtml. Actually, the link was the biggest give away that it was spam, but it's actually now possible to get spam from people who don't even have links in their posts. What they'll do is add a link to their signature or to their post or something maybe a week after their post has been approved. The idea no doubt being that such old posts are not gong to be checked.

I mean, I don't have a problem with people posting links, but I do have a problem with it if you make one totally off topic reply and never post again. I mean, for all the discussion you're going to get out of these people, you might as well be talking to a wall.

Anyway, I just thought that was an interesting aside as to the ever changing nature of message board spam :)
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