Friday, April 15, 2011

PA Castle Doctrine Bill Advances

The State House voted 164-37, an almost 4 to 1 ratio, to allow people to hold their ground in a self defense scenario. A similar bill has already passed in the Senate.  Now the Senate and House bill have agree and Senate must pass again. Then on to Governors office,  Gov. Corbett has expressed that he would sign it.
I am truly not as interested in the Stand Your Ground ruling of this bill.  What I truly love about this common sense law is that IF, God forbid, I ever have to kill, or injure, an assailant his/her family can not legally sue me in any civil court.  Read that again, because most people I talk to never think about the after event impact.
Currently you could defend yourself, not be charged with anything criminal and still be sued by the family or injured assailant. The bad news is some juries award HUGE settlements in these cases.  NOT after this law passes.

2 comments:

  1. There is a terrifying thought in there, Danny, that someone could attack you and then sue you for defending yourself. There are worse things in this world, but I can't think of many.

    Brady
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  2. Yup, in that we agree 100%. Forced to defend yourself and then forced to lose your home? Doesn't make sense, but it has happened.

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